Time for clubs to pro­vide feed­back

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

After six months of dis­cus­sions and four club fo­rums this week AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray has re­leased draft rec­om­men­da­tions from its Ju­nior Foot­ball Fu­ture Di­rec­tions project.

High­light­ing the 27 rec­om­men­da­tions is the ad­di­tion of a GVL Un­der-16 age group to play on Satur­day and the ad­just­ment of KDFNL thirds age group from Un­der-18 to Un­der17.

Ex­cept for Be­nalla Saints, all GVL clubs cur­rently have Un­der-16 teams play­ing in other ju­nior Leagues, so the in­tro­duc­tion of a GVL Un­der16 com­pe­ti­tion would re­duce the Shep­par­ton DJFL Un­der16 com­pe­ti­tion to six teams as well as re­duc­ing the Sey­mour DJFNL Un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion to also six teams.

After a sig­nif­i­cant amount of plan­ning the project started early June with the re­lease of a club sur­vey which was sent to all clubs in the re­gion.

Over­all, 69 per cent of clubs com­pleted the sur­vey with the Goul­burn Cam­paspe JFL (90 per cent re­turn rate) be­ing the most re­spon­sive and the PDFNL (47 per cent re­turn rate) the least re­spon­sive.

Four Project Teams were es­tab­lished to achieve the Project’s aim ‘‘to ex­am­ine the struc­ture and for­mat of ju­nior foot­ball in the Goul­burn Mur­ray re­gion and de­sign and rec­om­mend a model for the fu­ture’’ with each of the Project Teams con­tain­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each League.

The Project Teams were then pro­vided with some Key Fo­cus Ar­eas to help guide their dis­cus­sions in Gov­er­nance, Age Groups, Club Path­ways and Rules.

Rec­om­men­da­tions com­ing from the Project Team meet­ings were then com­piled by the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and en­dorsed by the Com­mis­sion be­fore be­ing pre­sented to clubs at fo­rums held in Echuca, Sey­mour, Shep­par­ton and Co­bram.

The KDFNL change to Un­der-17s will bring them into line with other Dis­trict Leagues, as­sist re­cruit­ing from ju­nior teams play­ing on Sun­days as well as fa­cil­i­tat­ing the de­vel­op­ment of 1 point play­ers as per the AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Club Sus­tain­abil­ity Pro­gram.

The Un­der-17 age group will also put in place the as­pi­ra­tional tar­get of KDFNL clubs es­tab­lish­ing a Un­der-14 com­pe­ti­tion into the fu­ture.

It is widely ac­knowl­edged that hav­ing to con­stantly re­cruit 15 to 18 year olds is the most dif­fi­cult age group so tar­get­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a younger age group would achieve greater sus­tain­abil­ity out­comes.

The full Pre­lim­i­nary Re­port has been cir­cu­lated to all clubs and the pre­sen­ta­tion given at the Club Fo­rums is avail­able via www.goul­burn­mur­rayafl.com. au

A win­dow is now open for clubs to pro­vide writ­ten sub­mis­sions and feed­back on any or all of the 27 rec­om­men­da­tions by Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, be­fore the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee meet to asses that feed­back and de­ter­mine the next steps.

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