The AFL Outer East is pleased to release its 2020 Annual Report to the public.
Despite a year like no other, having lost 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic, all clubs and the commission were able to make it through the year financially in what was an outstanding result for the region.
AFL Outer East Regional General Manager Aaron Bailey said this provided the league with a fantastic platform of stability and strength, moving into what is a vital year for our clubs and competitions.
“We thank all our sponsors and clubs for their ongoing support in what has been a challenging year,” Bailey said.
“Pleasingly for the commission’s viability long term, the league was able to retain and or extend all sponsors into 2021, as well as welcome new partners in Rochford Wines, Pedders Suspension & Breaks and Box Hill Institute.”
Bailey said the response from the region, in particular clubs, volunteers, and participants, highlighted the strength and solidarity of league’s football and netball community.
“This year truly tested the resilience, sustainability and viability of our commission, competitions, and clubs,” he said.
“In many ways, COVID-19 brought our clubs and the region together, following the recent changes over the past few years.
“The saying, ‘never waste a crisis’ has never been more applicable, with our community rallying together, led by our volunteers, to ensure every club returned in 2021.
Looking ahead to the 2021 season, Bailey said the focus for the league was on easing the burden on volunteers, as well as providing more offerings for clubs through their fees and affiliation.
In assisting clubs through post-COVID recovery, significant club and player discounts will be provided in 2021. In a move designed to support clubs and participants across the Outer East region in returning post-COVID 19, Outer East will pass on savings of $280,775 to participants and clubs in 2021.
“After what has been the most challenging year seen in community football, providing significant support to our clubs and easing the financial burden in 2021 is a priority,” he said.
“2021 provides new opportunities to grow our games and our region. Two new partnerships, media partner Gameface and TidyHQ, will see increased offerings for clubs in club administration and digital media.
“Providing relief for our clubs and participants allows us to move towards next season with excitement and anticipation about returning to competition in football and netball.
To read the AFL Outer East 2020 Annual Report, click on the link below.