The Sebastopol Vikings Soccer Club began in 1972 and was originally known as The Sebastopol Youth Club Soccer Team. The youth club had received a letter from The Victorian Youth Clubs Association asking all youth clubs to create new sporting teams to compete against other youth clubs; the boys' interest in soccer was overwhelming. The leaders talked and decided that since the only one of them who new anything about soccer was Fred Maggi, it should be him that forms the team.
During the first week Fred sought the advice of a coach (who was at the time coaching at the Ballarat soccer club) with regards to coaching advice and a suitable ground to train and play on. The team’s first training session was held on a Sunday, 9 boys turned up– the following Sunday, 20 boys showed up and so the Youth Club Soccer Teams were born.
Over the following weeks it became clear that the team was definitely here to stay so Fred began asking for volunteers to form a committee and on 22nd of August 1972, the first meeting and election of office bearers was held.

First Fundraiser

The club's first fundraiser was a kick-a-thon. The boys kicked soccer balls all the way from Sebastopol to Lake Burrumbeet, as you can imagine, this was a fairly big ask, especially for some of the younger boys. The boys were keen however and the day went well. The Club also held many bottle drives where the committee, boys and parents would come together with trucks and trailers to gather beer and lemonade bottles from people's houses. The bottles were washed, sorted and returned to the 'bottle-o' for cash.

Vikings Queens

In the 1970's and early 80's, the club held an annual supper dance, during the evening, a Vikings Queen would be elected and crowned. The first Vikings Queen was Miss Anne Marie Den Ouden, elected in 1974.

Begonia Festival Entry

March of 1974 saw the Vikings enter the Ballarat Begonia Festival. Many hours were spent making and decorating a rather large replica of a Viking ship on a trailer. The amount of work that was put in paid off with Vikings taking out first prize.

Building The Clubrooms (original building)

With the club and soccer in general growing at the rate it was, it became clear that clubrooms would soon be needed. The council informed the club that it could make concrete bricks in their yard on weekends. Two years later, enough bricks had been made to begin building. The rooms were officially opened on April 10 1983.

First Uniform

The Club"s first match was organized and was to be against the Pleasant St. Soccer Club U/13s. At this stage the boys still did not have a uniform to play in so the main committee of the youth club was asked to provide shirts. The youth club agreed and some white skivvies were purchased, the soccer committee however, thought that the plain white skivvies were a little boring and so placed a blue "V" on the front. The club"s first uniform was thus: white skivvies with a royal blue V and number, royal blue shorts and blue and white socks.

First Team

Vikings first team, aged between 7 & 13, wore their club colours with pride as they marched out on to the field for their first game of real soccer. Vikings were a player short on the day and so one was borrowed from the Ballarat Soccer Club. It was during this first game that a couple of people asked if the 'V' stood for Victoria; the then coach Mr. Keith Herd (dec) promptly answered that the V stood for "Vikings" and the name stuck. within 3 months of the first team of 9 players being formed, the club had grown to 6 full teams from U/8s to U/16s. The new season was fast approaching and there were not nearly enough shirts to go around and so the committee decided that a fundraiser was necessary.


The club continued to grow as time rolled on but it still did not have a ground it could call home. Sebastopol Technical School came to the rescue and offered the club the use of their soccer pitch. Eventually, the club grew too large to use the one ground offered by the school and once again they were on the lookout for a new home. This time the Sebastopol council was asked to provide a ground, which they did - the no2 ground at the Marty Bush complex.
The stay at Marty Bush was relatively short as fights between footy and soccer players occurred on a regular basis. The council relocated Vikings to their current home at St. Georges Reserve.
St. Georges Reserve was little more than a swamp, where there was not water 10 feet deep, there were stones and rocks. A massive working bee was held to clear the ground that is now the number 2 pitch. Some 24 trailer loads of stones, rocks and broken glass were removed. Later, the swamp next to the original pitch was filled-in and became what is now the number 1 pitch.

Curent Colours

Not long after the win at the Begonia Festival, the Sebastopol Council asked the club to change its colors from blue and white, to blue and gold which are the Sebastopol colors, the committee agreed and the colors were changed.


2009 saw the then committee put together a proposal to the Ballarat council to have new clubroom built to cope with the growing numbers that were playing at the club. The new clubrooms that were constructed highlighted the club's drive to be the best in the region with the best facilities.

Vikings were one of the fist clubs to promote Women's football in the region fielding two teams in the inaugural Ladies 7 a side competition finishing Runners up in the cup competition.

2012 saw the Ballarat and district Soccer Association put together the first Women's 11 a side competition and once again Vikings were there and as strong as ever. Vikings went through the season undefeated until the last two games of the season, narrowly missing the flag by 2 points.

The next stage in the club's evolution occured in 2013 when Vikings Senior Men's team entered and were accepted into State 5 division playing against teams in the Melbourne (West) metro league.