BDAFL and AFL NSW/ACT Reach Consensus on New Governance Model
After protracted negotiations, the Black Diamond AFL, AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Hunter Coast have finally "approved in principle" a new governance model that will align both seniors and juniors.
Currently the Black Diamond AFL ran senior football in the region, with AFL Hunter Coast running junior football, however under the new model a single seven man Board made up of AFL NSW/ACT representatives and members elected by both the senior and junior clubs will govern football in the region.
The new model will see much needed increase in resourcing with a new Community Football Manager role overseeing implementation of competition strategy, junior/ senior alignment, club development, club education, league commercials, umpiring and football operations etc.
In addition to this new position, both Operations roles will increase from part-time roles to full time roles, whilst a new part time media support person will also be engaged. The current AFL NSW/ ACT umpiring and development staff will also remain.
It is also expected that this new model will provide clubs with much needed Affiliation Fee relief.
The new league will utilise AFL branding, and will have regional naming, which will apply to both junior and senior competitions. For the avoidance of doubt, this relates to the name and logo of the league entity only, with Black Diamond to remain in the name of senior competitions.
The next steps include members of both the Black Diamond AFL and AFL Hunter Coast voting to accept the proposal following which the new league will be established.
BDAFL President, Wal Bembic was pleased with the outcome.
"The Black Diamond AFL have always stated that a single governance model is important for the continued development of AFL in this region" Bembic said.
"In saying that however the Black Diamond AFL is very strong and independent in it's own right and the Board had a responsibility to it's members to ensure that any new model would not negatively affect them or the competitions". he added.
"I would also like to thank the AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Hunter Coast on the manner in which the negotiations were handled and look forward to the commencement of the new league and more importantly being able to focus again on the 2018 football season."