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AFL’s $8m For Community Football

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AFL’s $8m For Community Football

The AFL is bringing funding to the grassroots, ensuring community football recovers after a disruptive two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of an $8m funding package, those that will be made a priority include community leagues, clubs, players, umpires, coaches, volunteers, and administrators across the country.

Funding will also be made towards school programs.

In a press release, the AFL said, “The funding commitment directs funds to where they’re most needed and has been made in acknowledgement of the importance of community football and the people involved.”

The press release outlined specific areas of funding and allocations:

  • $1.6 million towards volunteer support – more resources on the ground in all markets to benefit volunteers
  • $1.5 million investment into schools – consolidate AFL schools program offerings nationally and help schools/teachers get kids active

    Premiership Coach Alastair Clarkson to assist with community football.

  • $1.4 million to remove coaching and umpiring registration fees across Australia
  • $1 million COVID fighting fund to benefit Victoria and New South Wales
  • $800,000 commitment to Victorian clubs for the 2022 season, such as covering certain administrative and insurance costs

The AFL will also be bringing four-time Hawthorn Football Club premiership coach Alastair Clarkson to assist with community football efforts.

Clarkson will be a community coaching ambassador, whilst providing insight and advice to football coaches on all levels.

AFL CEO Gillon McLauchlan commented about the importance of revitalising community football.

McLauchlan said: “There is no greater priority for our game in 2022 than ensuring community football bounces back and thrives.”

“Footy means so much to so many people, towns and communities right across the country and we have an important role to play in helping everyone come back together, reconnecting families and friends and getting everyone back, engaged and active”, he said.

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