Benalla Ensign

GVL and KDL salary cap cuts revealed

- By Meg Saultry

Benalla and Violet Town have received greater certainty surroundin­g salary caps for the 2021 season, with AFL Goulburn Murray announcing individual league cap limits last week.

The Goulburn Valley League — in which the Saints play — has had a 29 per cent decrease to its cap, the maximum now $125,000, down from $175,000.

And Kyabram District League clubs such as Violet Town will have $10,000 — or 12 per cent — less to play with, going from $85,000 down to $75,000.

Decreases to the caps reflect the expected financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis, with reductions in line with other metropolit­an and country competitio­ns across the state.

Goulburn Valley League president David Roff said he supported the decision made by AFL GM.

“Although we are not yet sure what 2021 will look like, a reduction in the salary cap in 2021 will assist clubs to improve their sustainabi­lity,” he said.

Kyabram District League president Frasier Kerrins said bringing the salary cap down would reduce pressures on volunteers who raised funds to remain competitiv­e.

‘‘It shows that we are aware the money previously taken for granted may not exist in the future,’’ Kerrins said.

‘‘The KDL wholly supports the reduction in our salary cap and that of our neighbouri­ng leagues.

‘‘Our clubs can now focus on the retention and recruitmen­t of playing groups for the 2021 season.’’

League salary caps also announced by AFL GM include the Murray Football League ($100,000 down from $140,000) and Picola and District Football Netball Club ($90,000 down from $105,000).

Funding available

Sporting clubs in Benalla are being urged to apply for government funding, with the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program open.

The grants provide clubs with up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5000 for training of coaches, officials and up to $5000 to improve club operationa­l effectiven­ess.

For more informatio­n on the grants and how to apply go to grants-and-funding/our-grants/sportingcl­ub-grants-program Virtual competitio­n

School Sport Victoria (SSV) has introduced a COVID-19 compliant virtual track and field competitio­n running until the end of October.

The competitio­n is designed to fill the void created by the cancellati­on of school-based athletics.

More informatio­n can be found on the SSV website, with entry forms to be submitted at 2019580283­80053 Kids urged to keep active

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has rolled out a free eBook to encourage all kids to keep active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more informatio­n on how to access the eBook head to https:/ / Media_Releases1/2020/ESSA_launches_ latest_eBook__Exercise_for_Kids.aspx

Innovative entries sought

The Heart Foundation is calling for entries in the 2020 Active Australia Innovation Challenge, which awards grants valued at $10,000 each for innovative community-based projects designed to get Aussies moving.

Past winners have included surf lessons for children with autism; a “silent disco” for aged-care residents; and a program that enables people with a vision impairment to enjoy the social and physical benefits of cycling.

Entries will be open for six weeks from September 1.

Visit campaigns.heartfound­ aaic/ for full terms and conditions.

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Planning for future: Goulburn Valley League clubs, including the Benalla Saints, have been set a new salary cap for the 2021 season. Picture: Karl Phillipson
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