THE Ellinbank and District Football League is the newest addition to the AFL Gippsland regional administration centre.
EDFL president Roger Gwynne recently met with AFL Gippsland and signed a membership and services agreement to outsource the league’s administration to AFL Gippsland for 2018.
The move means six of Gippsland’s eight senior football competitions now come under the administration of the AFL Gippsland RAC.
EDFL president Roger Gwynne said the time was right to join the RAC.
“You’ve got to move with the times,” Gwynne said.
“We were going to go in last year but put it off for a year and we had a motion on our books at the AGM which was seconded by another club and in the end it was not even voted on.
“We’re quite excited about getting into it and helping each other out as that’s what it’s all about.”
Gwynne said the development of junior football remained a top priority for the EDFL but he was bullish about the future of the league and football in Gippsland.
Long-time league operations manager Ken Moore has accepted the position of AFL Gippsland operations coordinator and will continue to administer the league, easing the transition to the new structure.
Moore was looking forward to the new role and said last season’s reduction of member clubs in the wake of AFL Gippsland’s Senior Football Leagues Review of 2016 had helped restore competitive balance to the league and reinvigorated its remaining clubs.
AFL Gippsland region general manager Travis Switzer said the RAC’s continued expansion throughout the past four years showed that AFL Victoria’s model was working and his staff’s hard work was not going unnoticed.
“We have been keen to get the EDFL on board for the past few years and it’s exciting to be working with them for 2018,” Switzer said.
“Between the board and its member clubs, the EDFL has a lot of experience and we’re committed to repaying their faith by providing a professional and collaborative administration service as we do with all our member leagues.”
The agreement takes the total number of football leagues and umpires associations administered by AFL Gippsland to 14 – the most of any Commission in Victoria.