WAAFL elects new boss
THE WA Amateur Football League (WAAFL) has a new president for the first time in two decades after Sam Birmingham unseated John Davies at last week’s annual general meeting.
Clubs rallied around Mr Birmingham’s promise of transparency, communication and collaboration, as well as a commitment to improve the integrity of the competition.
Formerly president of the West Coast Amateur Football Club, Mr Birmingham will step down from that role to focus on his new position.
“The WAAFL is a strong competition with a terrific financial base and it continues to grow each year,” he said.
“I’m excited about developing a vision for the future. Transparency helps all club presidents understand the opportunities and challenges ahead and will hopefully lead to increased communication and collaboration between clubs.”
Stamping out all player payments and harsher penalties for poor on-field behaviour remain a priority but Mr Birmingham said he would seek to highlight the positive achievements of the clubs.
“I hear so many good stories about what is going on at individual clubs, whether it’s turning the culture around or investments in community infrastructure or improving club integrity, and I don’t think those are emphasised enough,” he said.
In the short term, Mr Birmingham said he would busy himself with grasping the financial impact of the new Perth Stadium deal.
“Obviously the new stadium will affect the funding of the WA Football Commission and therefore amateurs too and so it is going to be really important to put together a financial plan for the next three to five years,” he said.
He also praised the outgoing president.
“John Davies’ contribution to the Colts competition has been second to none,” he said.
Mr Davies said he wished Mr Birmingham all the best.
New president Sam Birmingham, vice-president Scott Garvey and Cameron McKay.