In-line with the Tasmanian Football steering committee announcement in July, AFL Tasmania is ramping up discussions with all leagues and associations across Tasmania on affiliation.

It is the first step towards the establishment of Community Hubs, as AFL Tasmania looks to formally affiliate to build stronger working relationships with all respective football leagues, associations and umpire associations. Draft agreements have been provided to each league and association and discussions are underway.

AFL Tasmania’s Community Football Manager Andrew Dykes is pleased to progress draft affiliation agreements and looks forward to working through it with each league and association.

“To progress the game and drive growth we need the buy-in of the entire football community and affiliation is a key step in unifying and growing Tasmanian football,” Mr Dykes said.

“We all want to see the game grow and prosper so it is important that we have strong working relationships to help strengthen the foundations of Community Football and collectively provide opportunity for all stakeholders.”

The Tasmanian Football Steering Committee in July committed funding for the establishment and on-going support of new Community Hubs in the South, North and North West of the state. Affiliation is the first step and once affiliation agreements are reached with  all leagues and associations, AFL Tasmania will work collaboratively to launch the respective Football Administration Hubs, as soon as practically possible prior to the 2019 AFL season.

The three Community Hubs will support local leagues and associations in each region, reducing the burden on community volunteers and improving participation programs and competitions across the state. Providing support and expertise across a host of football administration tasks.

“We are excited to be working toward Hubs, they are going to have a profound impact on the game in Tasmania and particularly on the way leagues function,” Mr Dykes explained.

“It is going to lessen the burden on volunteers across the state and provide greater resources for competitions.

“Affiliation is an important first step towards establishing the Hubs and we look forward to working through the process productively with all leagues and associations.”