The Vision of Lynn-avon United AFC
To be the family-friendly, competitive football club of choice within our community while growing membership and effectively managing our resources.
The Lynn-Avon club is an amalgamation of the previously known Avondale United and Lyndale AFC clubs. In the early years, prior to 1947, the club was known as the Avondale Association Football Club. In 1947 after a break away from the Avondale Assn club, the Lyndale Club was formed and Avondale eventually evolved into Red Shield and subsequently Avondale United.
Until 1995 the Avondale United club had its headquarters and clubrooms in Eastdale Rd. The Lyndale club had their clubrooms and their playing fields at what was for years called Rewa Park in New Lynn. These fields were later renamed Ken Maunder Park and remain that to this day. In the mid 1990’s the New Zealand Football Association and the Auckland Football Association felt that there were too many clubs in the Auckland area and in the West in particular. The NZFA and the AFA encouraged clubs to amalgamate. The incentive held out to join was easier access to the Invitational National League. The Avondale and Lyndale clubs started proceedings to identify areas of common interest and rapidly progressed to the point where in the 1996 Season a new club, LYNN AVON UNITED AFC was formed.
The first season was particularly successful and resulted in the first ever senior men’s Premiership Title and Women’s Premiership Title. Our very prestigious Women’s team went on to capture our first ever National title and we successfully hosted a Women’s International Tri Series between Korea, Australia and New Zealand. We were proud to have 7 Representatives of our top womens team playing in that squad. That year we also had one of our senior men represent New Zealand at the All Whites level. With all that success under our belt and all the post amalgamation “Jitters” finally put to bed we took the decision to base our club permanently at Ken Maunder Park.
The park has 3 Playing fields, 2 floodlit, floodlit training areas and 2 junior fields, good changing facilities, a junior room, clubroom with full bar and kitchen, a committee room, separate garage for storage and separate lock up for gear storage. The club also owns a lock up Bunker and Floodlighting at the Eastdale Rd Park. The Clubrooms are used for after match functions and social events.
The club provides soccer for all ages for both Male and Female players. Our junior section has many teams, including midgets as young as 4 years of age. Our senior section is made up of 1 Women’s Teams and 5 Men’s Teams.
The club is well administered by a volunteer committee and has a very solid coaching set up. The club relies heavily on fundraising initiatives by its volunteer supporters and assistance in financing from grant applications and sponsorship opportunities as and when they arise. The catchment area for the club is predominantly West and Central Auckland where we compete heavily with other sporting codes for discretionary spending.
The LynnAvon club, in it’s Avondale United phase, experienced the most supported and best performed club out of all the Women’s teams in the country. We, in that time, boasted two Women’s National Coaches and consistently provided five to seven national players every single year. Our Senior Men’s First Team went through a rebuilding stage after the heights of our inaugural season. There wass a wealth of talent that came through to produce the sort of success that we experienced in the past. The junior section was well catered for and produced a large number of Federation and National Representatives each year.
LYNNAVON UNITED AFC continually seeks to challenge the boundaries previously thought unobtainable in Soccer in this region. We have the infrastructure and the potential to produce some of the finest players in New Zealand and we’re proudly going forward.
We keenly seek the assistance of benevolent organisations to help support our ambitions of bringing Association Football to as many Junior, Youth and Senior footballers as possible.
We feel we provide an excellent grounding to the wider community in the areas of physical fitness, individual character development and fellowship that is a prerequisite for a healthy future.
Please help us to continue with our fifty plus years of endeavours and performance.