Eyre Peninsula football council looks for members

Members are being sought for a regional council that will look into issues facing Eyre Peninsula football and strengthen the sport’s long term future in the region.

SANFL Community Football has called for nominations for the SANFL Regional Council – Eyre Peninsula.

SANFL Community Football manager Matthew Duldig said the council would “have its eyes on the bigger picture” for Eyre Peninsula football.

“It’s going to be an independent council that is acting in an advisory capacity above the five leagues on Eyre Peninsula,” he said.

The council will be made up of nine members from across the region who will hold their position for a two-year period.

The council’s duties will include acting in an advisory capacity to the SANFL Community Football Committee on the direction for community football on Eyre Peninsula and acting as a resource for member leagues and clubs to refer any issues to the SANFL for further investigation.

The goals of the council include building the growth and sustainability of Eyre Peninsula football, helping with effective talent pathways, promoting competition equalisation and implementing participation growth strategies.

The SANFL has also been working on establishing a regional football operations coordinator in the region.

Mr Duldig said the council and the coordinator role went “hand in hand”.

“The operations coordinator reports to the regional council, who go away and do advisory work,” he said.

Mr Duldig said male and female members were encouraged to nominate as the SANFL was looking for a wide range of skills for the council.

Under the charter no delegate, director, officer or employee of an Eyre Peninsula league or club, umpire or SANFL employee can be nominated to the council.

Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association executive officer Tony Irvine said most of the region’s councils were supportive of the model and had contributed funds to support it.

He said the structure being put together on Eyre Peninsula was aimed at strengthening football and netball.

“It’s about making clubs, football and netball, sustainable in the region,” he said.

Mr Duldig said nominations for the council would close on May 31 with positions expected to be approved and in place by June.

For more information or to nominate email matt.duldig@sanfl.com.au.