New football position for Eyre Peninsula

NEW ROLE: The SANFL is looking to employ an Eyre Peninsula football operations coordinator.
NEW ROLE: The SANFL is looking to employ an Eyre Peninsula football operations coordinator.

Eyre Peninsula’s football leagues and clubs may have access to a new resource in the region this season in the form of a football operations coordinator.

The SANFL is looking to employ one coordinator in each region, with the role to focus on helping clubs and leagues develop their volunteers.

The SANFL is asking the local leagues and councils to fund the new position, with the 10 Eyre Peninsula councils being asked to contribute $2000 each a year for three years and the leagues asked for $5000 each.

The SANFL has been trialing the position in the state’s South East for the past five months and is hoping to employ an Eyre Peninsula coordinator this year.

Eastern Eyre Football League president Andrew Jenner said the league, including Cowell, Ports, Eastern Ranges and Kimba and Districts, supported the new position.

“We are definitely in full support of the SANFL and so are our clubs,” Mr Jenner said.

The Cleve District Council decided not to support the program, with deputy mayor Bryan Trigg saying the role would be “Port Lincoln-centric”.

The Franklin Harbour District Council has referred the decision to the sporting committees and Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said the council was supportive.

“Council is supportive of the project in principle but will need more detailed information from stakeholders to pledge formal support because at this stage the request has only been made through the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association,” he said.

“When it was discussed at council’s December meeting, the proposal was only in the early stages and not much information was provided.”