REGIONAL REFORMS FOR LOCAL FOOTBALL LEAGUES WITH AFL SOUTH EAST STEPPING IN TO GOVERN AFTER A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
Heated discussions and dissatisfied local football officials and delegates attended the Mornington Peninsula Netball Football League (MPNFL) season launch and AGM held at the Mornington Racecourse this week seeking answers to the cause of bad management of the previous board governing the football leagues and how the new restructure will benefit local football clubs.
Chair of AFL South East (the new governance), Mr Roger Hampson addressed the crowd stating, “After a ‘vote of no confidence’ of the old board, the AFL South East Commission was asked to come in to caretake and govern local leagues after huge financial losses. With the handover of governance in December 2015, new appointments and rationalizing of administration staff brought about skill sets from other areas to establish better business practices to ensure Peninsula football flourishes.”
He explained that AFL South East is not only about looking after finances, it’s about getting the best umpires, availability of coaching support and giving value at club level they didn’t received previously. “It’s been a quantum step and I believe at the end of the next financial year the league will be in a pretty good financial position,” Mr Hampson added.
Independent Auditor, Ryan Dummett advised attendees that the previous board accumulated a total loss of $204,000 but the new restructure in place looks promising to turn about the losses. He advised no assets will be sold to fund the financial strife. “The board will be more transparent and clubs will have access to the ‘books’ to see if their league is heading in the right direction,” he said.
Jeremy Bourke, Region General Manager of AFL South East said, “AFL South East is a region commission that has been set up to manage and govern football in this region. It covers a huge area including 6 municipalities, 6 football leagues (3 Seniors and 3 Juniors) from Mordialloc to Portsea, across to Pakenham and as far east as Koo Wee Rup.
He explained last year there were conversations with clubs about their dissatisfaction with the governing structures in place and the lack of skill sets managing and governing the affairs of the clubs and leagues.
The Peter Jackson Review was consulted and claimed there were too many boards across Victoria. Rationalization took place resulting in one layer of governance for the region.
“The new governance restructure is about providing more resources at the disposal of the clubs, having stronger skill sets to support clubs with a focus on the sustainability of clubs and it’s community rather than the league.
Jeremy comes from a country NSW football background playing and coaching at local, metro and amateur level and understands the dynamics and idiosyncrasies of each particular aspect of our sport.
Newly appointed Peninsula Leagues Manager, Shaun Connell is excited about the coming MPNFL season saying, “My role enables me to work with the operational staff across the existing leagues and networks establishing best practice protocols and also bringing Junior and Senior football together in a more collaborative way.
Shaun has 15 years of football experience at clubs and league and said it’s about working with people at grassroots level and empowering clubs to be the best they can be.
RPP FM’s Station Manager, Brendon Telfer and Sales Manager, Martyn Ashton attended the event to meet and greet AFL South East officials and staff.
Featured picture: Jeremy Bourke, Region General Manager of AFL South East