GVL and KDL salary cap cuts revealed
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).
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 sport.vic.gov.au/ 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 https://form.jotform.com/ 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:/ /www.essa.org.au/Public/News_Room/ 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.heartfoundation.org.au/ aaic/ for full terms and conditions.