Kicking goals in regional communities

A partnership between Hydro Tasmania and AFL Tasmania will support enhanced safety and sustainability of the sport in communities across the state.

The Hydro Tasmania AFL Leadership Program aims to improve the development pathways for coaches and umpires to make sure AFL football remains a strong part of Tasmanian communities.

Hydro Tasmania acting chief operating officer Stephen Davy said AFL football is a big part of the Tasmanian culture and plays an important role in the lives of many locals.

“By providing programs to increase the skill of umpires and coaches we will deliver greater safety within the sport and support its sustainable future in Tasmania,” he said.

The Hydro Tasmania AFL Leadership Program will provide funding of $60,000 to AFL Tasmania each year for three years, covering the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The program includes an Annual Football Conference, enhanced coach education and umpire development. Covering all levels of coaching and umpiring within Tasmania, the program will provide much-needed recognition for the people who work tirelessly to strengthen their clubs and communities, many of them in a voluntary capacity.

Mr Davy said Hydro Tasmania is excited to have an opportunity to contribute to something that is such an important part of the lives of many Tasmanians.

“The local football club is often the social hub of small towns. Through this program, we are not only supporting enhanced development for those on the field, but ensuring the game remains a strong part of vibrant local communities,” he said.

“AFL is loved by so many Tasmanians and regional clubs have such a rich culture. By showing our support we have the opportunity to contribute to the longevity of local football clubs that hold such a special place in the hearts of many Tasmanians.”