Para Hills United Soccer Club Inc.
(formerly Para Hills Junior Soccer Club)
The inaugural meeting of the Para Districts Soccer
Club was held in March 1964 when the first committee was formed. Original
members were Robert and John Eldridge, "Chick" Harris and John
West. Chick Harris advised that the club could field three under 15 and
two under 18 teams if pitches could be provided. As no pitches were available
in the local area, the club were obliged to play all their home games
in Elizabeth.The honour of the first goal ever scored belongs to Colin
In May 1966, Bob Eldridge reported that the Para
Hills School ground was now ready, and all primary school matches would
be played there. In July it was reported that the home ground for the
under 14 and 15s would be on Liberman Road.
An important change in the age group structure
was introduced in 1967, with the decision to discontinue catering for
the under 18 age group. Para Hills had applied for admission to the Federation
1968 saw the club as the strongest representative
of EDJSA, fielding eleven teams.
1969 was the first year that under 8 players were
catered for and the club fielded their first team.
In 1970 the club started using the Nelson Road
Oval. This Year also saw the introduction of under 7 teams. However, the
under 7 and 8 teams had to play at Elizabeth every week as this is where
the only mini-pitches were located.
In 1971 Para Hills West broke away to form their
own club but Para Hills East joined the ranks of Para Hills.
1972 saw Para Hills East also break away but Para
Hills were still able to field twelve teams that year.
In 1973 the club transferred the playing of mini-pitch
games to the local primary school.
1974 saw the club mini-pitch moved to Liberman
On October 26 1977, Para Hills Junior Soccer Club
became an Incorperated body. This year also saw The Paddocks emerge as
the clubs new ground. However, the mini-pitch was still located at Liberman
1980 saw the introduction of Life Membership to
the club. This honour was bestowed upon Ken McLaren and John Southerton.
In 1981 the mini-pitch was finally re-located to
The Paddocks. State Championships were also held at the ground that year.
1982 saw EDJSA introduce the modified rules competition.
On the 17th of September 1983, the clubroom and
canteen was first opened. Linda Pomery having the privilege of being the
first canteen manager. The inaugural Somerset Cup was held on the same
1984 was the clubroom and canteen's first full
season. The facilities proving very popular with all players and spectators
from Para Hills and opposing clubs. Tom Forde was also honoured with life
2006 saw the introduction of all girl teams playing at the club in the
South Australian Womens Soccer Associaton.
The club has continued to build from strength to
strength and can proudly be associated with the development of children
To reflect the introduction of senior teams the
Para Hills Junior Soccer Club changed its name to the Para Hills United
Soccer Club in April 2011.