UMFNL Feasibility Study Commences







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UMFNL Feasibility Study Commences
AFLNEB Announce study to sustain football and netball in the UM Communities beyond 2020.

After months of speculation around the future of the Upper Murray Football Netball League, AFL North East Border has announced a definitive Feasibility Study shall commence as the logical next stage in the sustainability of the game in the Upper Murray.

Despite several League meetings conducted during the 2019 season, consensus on the delivery model of football and netball amongst clubs was not achieved with Bullioh unsuccessfully applying to transfer to the Tallangatta District Football League.

“It is no secret that the UMFNL has experienced its share of challenges which threatens the sustainability of football and netball in the Upper Murray” AFLNEB Region General Manager John O’Donohue said. “With so much conjecture and uncertainty about the future, a commitment to the 6 clubs to explore all options for the continuation of football and netball in the communities of the Upper Murray beyond 2020 was forecast in August” he said.

The existing UMFNL clubs have committed to participating in 2020 with only senior football, netball and a junior grade dependent on player availability.

“To be able to make informed decisions beyond 2020 with consideration to all Upper Murray communities, decision makers need to consult, analyse and be appropriately informed and make recommendations which allow time for any potential actions and planning.”

As part of the Feasibility Study, AFLNEB will engage an independent facilitator with extensive experience working with rural and remote communities to assist in a situational analysis and in mediating discussions to drive the best outcome for the sustainability of community sport in the Upper Murray.

“One of the major challenges is to have competing clubs and communities working in collaboration on a more holistic approach to the future; this requires both information and specific skills which we are committing to as we engage key stakeholders within our sports and communities” O’Donohue said.

“Whilst we have no predetermined outcome, the sustainability of participation opportunities and community engagement in football and netball for the Upper Murray beyond 2020 is of paramount importance”.

The Upper Murray Feasibility Study will present a Final Report and Recommendations to the AFLNEB Commission prior to June 30th, 2020.


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