AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires has received detailed correspondence from AFL House today following her letter to Gillon McLachlan on Sunday (18/02/2018).

AFL House has agreed to the requests of AFL Tasmania.

The AFL agrees that a working group should be formed to discuss the progress made and review of the Future Directions of Tasmanian Football report which will give clear direction and focus for Tasmanian football in 2018 and beyond. 

AFL House has supported Ms Squires to take up the role of Convenor of the working group and have offered the AFL strategy team to assist in the formation of the group, design, facilitation and outputs.  

AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan will travel to Tasmania with a representation from the strategy team to meet with Ms Squires to start the process and decide the composition of the working group.

The AFL is hopeful any action that comes from the process will build on the progress that has been made out of the increased funding from the AFL to AFL Tasmania at the end of 2016. A funding increase that has seen positive growth in 2017 in baseline participation with a 26% rise in Auskick (including an 11% rise in boys), 36more in school programs (112% year on year), 6.5% growth in umpires and a 30% increase in accredited coaches. This growth has been achieved with increased development resources right across the State and reflects the need to resurrect the numbers of boys and girls coming through junior leagues.

Squires said confirmation of the working group was a major step for Tasmania.

“It is a pleasing response from AFL House and the first step in a process that we hope will crystalise our challenges particularly with TSL and the Talent pathway and how we best confront them. 

“I am very conscious that whatever actions we take forward needs to benefit all the footballing community and all participants.

“Our attention now will turn to the working group and who should be included. Their role will be important in the steps forward.

“It is reassuring knowing that AFL House is listening and I look forward to speaking with Gill (Gillon McLachlan) in person.”

AFL Tasmania now awaits confirmation on the travel dates of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan to kick-start the process.