PRIMARY school children from across the region may soon get the chance to show their football skills in the big leagues, as part of a newly planned structure for the Primary School Division of the Shepparton District Junior Football League (SDJFL).
A Review Panel comprising members of the SDJFL Executive, primary school clubs and AFL Goulburn Murray has been put together to look into different aspects of the governance and management of the division.
AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager, Martin Gleeson says the time is right for the review to take place.
“The Primary School Division has grown significantly over the past two years with 11 new teams starting up.
“This is on top of renewed Auskick growth and the league executive and the commission are keen to look at a whole range of components for the benefit of member clubs focused on continuing to grow the participation base of the sport.
“The Review Panel will take a strategic look at such areas as governance and decision making structures, the adoption of the AFL junior match policy and participation trends amongst clubs.
“Importantly, a study will also be undertaken into player pathways and age groups so that we can better understand the competition’s relationship with Auskick as a feeder program and to ensure Primary School players are feeding into local U14 teams.
“The Primary School Division is a crucial football nursery for the Shepparton and surrounding areas and as the competition is growing we want to make sure we are catering for future needs.
“A key feature of the Review will be a meeting between the Panel and representatives from each individual club to discuss strategic aspects and to gather feedback and input.
“The Review Panel will also meet a number of times to consider key aspects and to analyse and interpret the data collected by the Region Administration Centre.
“All recommendations will be circulated to all clubs for comment and feedback before being adopted for implementation in time for the 2016 season.”