Shiny new home


Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Lauren Bordin

The tro­phy cab­i­net from the Goul­burn Val­ley League’s pre­vi­ous head­quar­ters at Dunkirk Ave will take pride of place at the newly ren­o­vated AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray head­quar­ters in Kialla. GVL Hall of Fame com­mit­tee chair­man Freddo McMa­hon and sec­re­tary Don Kil­gour take in the set-up.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray has moved into its newly ren­o­vated of­fice space at Kialla.

Hav­ing spent the win­ter in por­ta­ble of­fices, em­ploy­ees were ex­cited to open the space that is set to meet the re­quired needs of the grow­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The ex­panded of­fices ad­ja­cent to Shepparton Park Bowls Club will also be the new home of the Goul­burn Val­ley Hall of Fame.

With the dis­play yet to be in­stalled, the tro­phy cab­i­net from the Goul­burn Val­ley League’s pre­vi­ous home at Dunkirk Ave is al­ready on show.

AFL gen­eral man­ager Martin Glee­son said it was fan­tas­tic to ref lect the his­tory of the league.

‘‘It was al­ways some­thing that the GV wanted to have, get­ting the Hall of Fame up and go­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘When we did the de­signs we put in a GV Hall of Fame wall and we cut out that space for the tro­phy cab­i­net be­cause we wanted to bring a bit of old into the new and that’ll be a tro­phy cab­i­net used for all leagues.’’

AFL GM has quadru­pled in size from its three em­ploy­ees in 2013, in­clud­ing Net­ball Victoria rep­re­sen­ta­tives that also use the of­fice.

‘‘That’s through some of the work we’ve done, the de­mands on foot­ball and net­ball clubs are get­ting higher and higher, so we want to keep adding some ser­vices to what we’re do­ing,’’ Glee­son said.

‘‘It’s great, it’s been a long time com­ing and there’s room to move now and fi­nally we’ve got a re­ally good work­ing fa­cil­ity.’’

The new space has a dis­tinct red and black feel, with the Essendon Foot­ball Club do­nat­ing most of the desks and cab­i­nets.

Bombers chief ex­ec­u­tive Xavier Camp­bell has strong links with the re­gion as a for­mer Echuca player and in­sti­gated the trans­fer of the fur­ni­ture from the AFL club’s pre­vi­ous home base at Windy Hill.

A board room has also been cre­ated that will serve as a space for tri­bunal cases to be heard.

● As part of the of­fi­cial open­ing of the of­fices, Vic­to­rian Sport Min­is­ter John Eren also an­nounced a free foot­ball fes­ti­val in Shepparton would oc­cur on the AFL grand fi­nal pub­lic hol­i­day this year.

Tak­ing place in Maude St Mall, the day will be­gin with a vol­un­teer break­fast with two mem­bers from each club in the re­gion invited to be recog­nised at func­tion.

A big screen will show the grand fi­nal pa­rade through Mel­bourne, with AFL play­ers to be in at­ten­dance as well as face paint­ing and jump­ing cas­tles.

Pic­ture: Holly Cur­tis

Pic­ture: Holly Cur­tis

All smiles: AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray gen­eral man­ager Martin Glee­son opened the newly re­fur­bished of­fice space at Kialla yes­ter­day.

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