With the Rockbank community growing and evolving, so to are the local sporting clubs.

As more families from different backgrounds move into the area, Rockbank Football Netball Club and its junior club, the Western Rams, are seeing new members joining.

Rams football operations manager Gavin Sporle said it was encouraging to see so many people from different backgrounds getting involved.

He said it was something they wanted to build on and make the club a second home for everyone in the community, whether they have been in the area for a number of years or just moved in.

“We want to engage them in the local community, and in sport and recreation,” he said. “We want to continue to grow all areas of the club.

“We want to get them involved in football and netball or even on the sidelines supporting their local teams. Hopefully we can continue to grow over the next couple of years.”

Sporle highlighted their junior program where they’ve gone from one child from an Indian background two years ago, to eight this year across two different teams.

There’s also a number of children from different backgrounds in the program.

He said the children loved getting out there and playing together, and were all having plenty of fun in the process.

The Rams have focused on getting their junior program back up and running in the past few years. This season they have two football teams, up from one last year.

They are hopeful to have junior netball teams back up and running as soon as possible.

“We want to get the word out there about the club and what we’re doing down here,” Sporle said.

“There’s new estates with a lot of families of different backgrounds moving to the area.

“We want them to know that they are welcome at the club.”

The Rams’ senior sides had the weekend off due to the Easter break.

This week they face Broadford. Diggers Rest faces Wallan in what could be the game of the round, while Melton Centrals has the bye.

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