AFL Tasmania is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Dykes as the new Community Football Manager. 

Mr Dykes joins AFL Tasmania from Communities, Sport and Recreation, where he has worked as a Project Manager. 

Mr Dykes had also previously worked at Cricket Tasmania for 14 years, working in High Performance and Management roles, including the management of game development, community and talent pathways. 

Such experiences will be invaluable in Mr Dykes’ new role at AFL Tasmania, one that will see him work with the football community across the state. 

As Community Football Manager, Mr Dykes will oversee the strategic management and operation of all Tasmanian community football leagues and clubs, with a focus on developing and implementing strategies to manage and grow community football. 

“I am looking forward to the opportunity with AFL Tasmania. It is an exciting time in Tasmanian football and I’m looking forward to being part of a team that will hopefully take the game forward in the state,” Mr Dykes said.

“It’s about connecting all the stakeholders within Tasmania, to have a common thread between the football passionate people around the state, whether they be in Smithton, on the East Coast, down south or through the Midlands, it is about what binds us all together as a football state.

“There is a lot of passion among our stakeholders and the key is to harness that passion in the right direction.”

Dykes is eager to get right into the role and connect with the football-loving communities of Tasmania.

“I had a long time in Cricket Tasmania and for me it is about the experience of working with stakeholders in the regions.

“It is about listening to their thoughts and their ideas about the sport and then coming up with a plan to take forward. It is very much, in my first few weeks and months in the role is about listening to those stakeholders and then ultimately towards working towards growing the sport in Tasmania,” he said.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires said the recruitment of the experienced Dykes was a big coup for community football in Tasmania. 

“It is exciting to welcome Andrew (Dykes) to the team.  

“We went through a long process to find the right person and I think we have found that in Andrew.

“It is a really important leadership role, as it is community footy which means from the grassroots level at Auskick right through to the community leagues,” Ms Squires said.

“Andrew is a fantastic fit for this important leadership role and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge after working in a variety of areas during his time at Cricket Tasmania and Communities, Sport and Recreation. 

“The growth and development of football within Tasmania relies on strong foundations at the community level, and I know Andrew is looking forward to working with the broader Tasmanian football community to further strengthen our great game,” she said.