Final recommendations released

Football clubs in South Gippsland have been offered a lifeline under proposed changes outlined in AFL Gippsland’s Leagues and Competitions Review Final Recommendations Report.

The AFL Gippsland Region Commission released the report tonight, with a recommendation for all current Alberton Football Netball League and nine of the 10 Mid Gippsland Football League and Netball Association clubs to participate in one competition next season.

Following feedback to the draft recommendations report tabled last month, member clubs will have the opportunity to determine the governance and administration structure moving forward.

The Commission deemed structural change necessary following Alberton clubs expressing grave concerns about their viability in the current six-team competition.

AFL Gippsland Region General Manager Ben Joske said the Commission had a responsibility to ensure every person in Gippsland had the opportunity to engage with a stable, vibrant and viable club

“The AFL Gippsland Commission is firmly of the view that for football to flourish in the region it requires a whole-of-region approach,” Joske said.

“The future of the six remaining Alberton clubs is dependent on a willingness for the Gippsland football community to embrace change and work together.

“We all know how important sporting clubs are to the fabric of our communities and we don’t want to see any clubs disappear which is the reality facing some of our clubs and communities if things don’t change.”

Under a separate recommendation, Yarragon will transfer to the Ellinbank and District Football League and Netball Association in place of Warragul Industrials, with the Dusties to join the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition, along with Tooradin Dalmore.

Among the eight recommendations put forward was the introduction of an under-17 division in the East Gippsland Football Netball League in place of the existing under-16 and under-18 age group structure.

The move will not only address issues around the retention of junior players and their transition to senior football in east Gippsland, but also assist in the development of a broader plan regarding underage structures across the region.

Other proposed changes focussed on volunteer support, player permit structures and area agreements between leagues, as well as a more formal process towards alignments between junior and senior clubs.

AFL Gippsland will now work with clubs and leagues on an implementation strategy for the recommended changes.

The full report can be viewed by clicking on the link below.


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