If it ain't broke

August 09, 2017

The structure of junior football is under review as part of AFL Goulburn Murray's Future Directions Project.

Five of the Goulburn Valley League’s clubs believe there is no need to change the age-group structure.

AFL Goulburn Murray is in the midst of a thorough review into junior football with its Future Directions Project.

A survey was sent to clubs in all competitions in the region, with eight of the GVL’s 12 clubs completing it and handing it back to AFL Goulburn Murray.

Five GVL clubs said nothing needed to change, two were unsure, while one believed the current structure was unsustainable.

It was a different story in the Kyabram District Football League, with three of the eight clubs that finished the survey stating its structure of senior, reserves and under-18 football was unsustainable.

Taking into account, the Picola District Football League, Murray Football League and Shepparton District Junior Football League, Seymour District Junior Football League and Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League, only 6.6 per cent of clubs believed the structure needed changing, with 72.1 per cent seeing the current set-up as sustainable.

From 87 clubs, 60 in the seven leagues returned the surveys, which was mostly filled out by a president or a secretary.

Clubs were also asked questions about competitive balance, AusKick, interchange and permits, rules, overage players and fourths being involved in senior leagues.

AFL Goulburn Murray launched the project in June, with representatives from all leagues involved in the process.

The AFL Goulburn Murray commission will release its final report and recommendations from the project in November.

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