Nine Victorian VFL clubs have received the maximum available grant from the near $1 million Strengthening Victoria’s AFL Development Pathways Program.
Victorian Government funding of $130,000 has been granted to the six stand-alone VFL clubs – Coburg, Frankston, the Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Williamstown and Werribee.
Funding of $65,000 has also been granted to three AFL-affiliated VFL clubs – the Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons, and Sandringham.
Victoria’s VFL clubs have histories dating to the 19th Century and enjoy passionate community support, but all have been hit hard by the cancellation of the 2020 VFL season and disruptions to the 2021 season.
This funding will help reimburse clubs for costs related to complying with COVIDSafe protocols and practices, and interstate travel required as part of the restructured VFL competition, which comprises 22 clubs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The new competition is designed to enhance the pathway to the AFL for players, coaches and administrators along the east coast, optimising opportunities for participants to reach their potential.