Talk of the Town
60th Anniversary Book
About Your Club
Workers Blacktown Club
By any measure, the story of Blacktown Workers Club is a proud record of achievement. Its continuing success is a result of its strong relationship to its members and the community from which it has grown and its relevance and value as a recreational, sporting, entertainment and social icon in Sydney’s burgeoning west.
From very humble beginnings to one of the largest and most successful venues in Sydney, the Blacktown Workers Club possesses a strong philosophy on stability and progress and prides itself on maintaining a true sense of community. Featuring five floors of sporting and health facilities, four restaurants , multiple function rooms, a showroom, a great selection of sub and sporting clubs and a host of other facilities for its members, the Blacktown Workers Club is the entertainment and leisure capital of Western Sydney.
In the early days of the old Tin Shed, the Club could only accomodate 250 members and demand was so great that 'intending' members had to join a waiting list until their number came up. The Club has expanded many times over the years to accommodate the needs of Blacktown's population and currently has over fifty thousand members.
The Blacktown branch of the Labor Party convened a meeting at the Blacktown School Of Arts on January 23, 1955 at 8pm to discuss the formation of a club, using the very successful Mildura Workers Club as an example. Twenty six interested people attended the meeting chaired by Don Crellin, who outlined the aims and functions of the proposed club and suggested it be run on a non-political and non-sectarian basis.
During the discussions it was mooted that the club be called the Blacktown Workingman's Club but this was knocked back after it was pointed out that, if registered, it would automatically debar women from becoming members.
It was formally moved that the club be formed and known as the Blacktown Worker's Club, which was passed unanimously. A committee was then elected with Jim Moffat, Tom Gibbs, Frank Dunn, Bob Jessop, Les O'Connor, Les Masters, Eric Green, John Kilpatrick and Harold Laybutt successful candidates.
To cover the cost of renting the hall and placing an advertisement in the Blacktown Advocate, a collection was taken up. After expenses, the first bank balance of the newly born Blacktown Workers' Club was the princely sum of one shilling and seven pence.
Workers Sports Club
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. And the Blacktown Workers Sports Club reflects the qualities of a successful sporting team: passionate, dedicated and determined. Passionate about sport and it's role in the community; dedicated to supporting members and affiliated sporting bodies with excellent services and facilities; and determined at maintaining a high level of success.
Opened in December 1998, Workers Sports is a modern and functional venue featuring a Sports Bar and Lounge, International Buffet, Coffee Shop, and a popular outdoor area. The Club is located on the H.E. Laybutt Reserve, adjacent to the renowned sporting complex which features two soccer fields, two rugby league fields/cricket ovals, two bowling greens, five all weather tennis courts and a baseball diamond. The H.E. Laybutt Sporting complex is home to many of our affiliated sporting teams and sub-clubs, boasting some 7,000 sportsmen and women, seniors and juniors.
We welcome you to the club and look forward to sharing the success!