VCFL Article - AN INTERESTING YEAR OF VARIOUS SUBJECTS AND ISSUES.

Across season 2010 it has been a pleasure to share with you my thoughts on a range of topical issues through my weekly footy record article. I appreciate all the positive feedback from many Leagues and in turn readers of your weekend football publication. From time to time I have also noticed some of the articles making it into your local media.

 What I thought was fitting in today’s article, which will be the last of the year for many Leagues, is to provide a summary of all the topics and issues that we tackled across the 2010 season. Below you will find a reference list of all articles with a brief comment about each one. Should you have missed a particular article we invite you to follow up with the WorkSafe VCFL  by contacting either  Lauren Keenan on  03) 8663 3080 or via email to lauren.keenan@aflvic.com.au or Jock Allan on 03) 8663 3041 or jock.allan@aflvic.com.au. Should you wish a full set of the 19 articles these can also be provided.

WEEK 1:  WELCOME AND SEASON OPENER

References to the CFNG Program and pre-season workshops, along with stability going into the season.

WEEK 2: THE MELBOURNE STORM SAGA

This article made reference to the importance of sound governance and financial management and policies in the football environment. The article also made reference to gambling and betting on football through Brendan Fevola’s admission of a gambling addiction.

WEEK 3: THE INCREASING FOCUS ON COMMUNITY VALUES THROUGH COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

An overview of key WorkSafe VCFL community programs with particular reference to the V/line Life Training Programs, the ENOUGH Program, Pink Footy Weekend, the EJ Whitten Foundation and Work Health.

WEEK 4: RESPECT THE UMPIRES ROUND

An article on this occasion written by Gerard Ryan, WorkSafe VCFL General Manager of Umpiring relating to Umpiring and that weeks round of football being dedicated to the respect of umpires.

WEEK 5: PROFILE AND IMAGE

This article talks about the importance of profile, image and brand around our football netball club environment.

WEEK 6: ALL WELCOME IN OUR GAME

On the back of Jason Akermanis’ comments that gay footballers should not “come out” this article speaks about football and netball being all inclusive and a “broad church” on and off the field.

WEEK 7: COPING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD

This article deals with the growing world of social media and our need to be cognisant of cybersafety and related policies and education now and in the future.

WEEK 8: WOMEN IN FOOTY

The increasing involvement of women in and around football clubs is welcomed, respected and in some instances long overdue. This article goes on to speak about a special MPNFL initiative now in its third year along with references to some of the great contributions by some special women in footy over the years.

WEEK 9: OUR BEST UNDER 15’S ON DISPLAY

The V/Line Cup is now widely accepted as one of the most important and valuable carnivals on the underage representative calendar in Australia. This years’ V/Line Cup was to be no exception.

WEEK 10: HOW OLD IS YOU ORGANISATION AND WHY ARE CLUBS CALLED THE NICKNAMES THEY ARE?

A reflection on the history and the origins of club nicknames.

WEEK 11: WORLD CUP RENEWS DEBATE

A special look at where soccer sits in relation to Australian Rules football and some thoughts on the future.

WEEK 12/13/14: STATE TEAMS HEAD TO LANDMARK CARNIVAL

In what was a series of three articles we looked at the lead up to the Landmark Australian Country Championships in Canberra, the naming of the final squad and thirdly a successful carnival for the Vic’s.

WEEK 15: THIS TIME OF YEAR

This article deals with an important time of the year when all the planning is either happening or should be happening for the following year.

WEEK 16: ENJOYING THE FINALS IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

This article makes clear and positive reference to the importance of all stakeholders involved in finals series’ throughout the WorkSafe VCFL to display respect and restraint as they go about enjoying finals football and netball.

WEEK 17: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON YOUR SEASON?

We speak here about the ever increasing responsibility of individuals and clubs in relation to a range of end of season activities where alcohol is involved.

WEEK 18: DRUGS DEBATE TO THE FORE

The Ben Cousins documentary polarised the broader community about Ben cousins himself, drug addiction and the way the story was told. We highlight here what we believe to be the most important messages coming out of this widely publicised documentary, subject and Ben Cousins the player.

WEEK 19: CFNP EXTENDED FOR 5 YEARS

This was an extremely positive article that we recommend all Clubs, Leagues and Umpiring groups to read.

In closing we trust that across the year that you have been able to take something of value out of one article or several articles. Again I remind everyone that the WorkSafe VCFL has a range of programs and support structures to assist our affiliates in dealing with most of the subject matter summarised above.

Congratulations to all the Premiership winners in football and netball thus far in the 2010 finals, along with all winners of individual League awards. We wish all the remaining combatants all the best for today and next week.

Enjoy your weekend.

Best Regards,

Glenn Scott                                    

Chief Executive Officer

WorkSafe Victorian Country Football League




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