IT was announced last week that the Goulburn Valley League has been granted permission by the AFL Goulburn Murray (GM) Commission to add an Under 16 age group commencing in season 2020.
Following the junior football review of 2017, the GVL signalled its intent to add an Under 16 age group to the league. After two years of research and two formal applications from the GVL, the commission agreed to allow the addition to proceed.
Regional general manager, Jamie Macri explained, “The AFL GM Commission is satisfied with the entry of the GVL Under 16s. The junior review has been the largest body of work undertaken by AFL GM and, in association with strong junior player data, has provided a strong evidence base on which this decision has been made.”
Commission chairman, Peter Foott, added, “The size of this change to the junior structure in the area has been taken into consideration and the commission understands not all parties will be positive about the change. The commission is confident the change will underpin positive reform in our region and serve the best interests of the game in the AFL Goulburn Murray region.”