SANFL football operations role mooted for Eyre Peninsula

NEW ROLE: Rohan Scott, SANFL's Casey Grice, Darren Collins, Brad Bowman and Kieron Warmington at the recent Far West Football League AGM.
NEW ROLE: Rohan Scott, SANFL's Casey Grice, Darren Collins, Brad Bowman and Kieron Warmington at the recent Far West Football League AGM.

The Far West Football League (FWFL) recently held its 2017 annual general meeting, where SANFL’s community football operations manager Casey Grice spoke about the Eyre Peninsula Regional Structure and how it would support sustainability of football on Eyre Peninsula.

This structure is being piloted in the South East Football Zone where a full-time football operations coordinator has been employed by the SANFL to assist in the day-to-day running of competitions and enhance the capacity of the 26 clubs across the region.

Feedback from the three south east leagues has been extremely positive in the first two months of the pilot.

Mr Grice’s presentation confirmed this additional SANFL resource would be provided on Eyre Peninsula in a full-time capacity with an objective to reduce workload on volunteers and increase sustainability of clubs and leagues in the region.

Far West delegates and SANFL agreed it would be beneficial to have the operations role in place for next season but the SANFL would need to present the model to the other leagues by the end of January to establish all leagues are in agreement.

League president Ron Redford congratulated all club delegates for their forward-thinking attitude and their support for the concept and said it would be interesting to hear the response from the other leagues.

“We have had the Collins Anderson Report in front of us since 2007 but very little has been implemented because we have all been sitting on our hands for the past ten years,” he said.

“It is time for action and I am pleased that the Far West Football League is first cab off the rank with an open minded approach.

“Obviously all of our club committees need to discuss the structure further but as a league we agree in principle to the idea.”

Mr Redford was appointed league president for a 10th year, with Bradley Bowman as secretary, Judith Ronan as treasurer and junior development leader Glenn Dunn also reappointed.