Victorian football clubs will take part in the inaugural state-wide Towards Zero Round from August 3 to 4.
For the first time ever, AFL Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) will coordinate a state-wide fixtured round for all Victorian football clubs, from grassroots to senior level.
More than 1000 local football clubs will be showing their support for road safety in the inaugural round, with captains across metropolitan and regional Victoria swapping their usual playing number for the number zero.
AFL Victoria is proud of its long-term association with the TAC and are pleased to support the TAC in engaging the community and increasing awareness about critical road safety issues.
Head of AFL Victoria Rick Bell said he is proud to partner with the TAC to support an important initiative.
“Knowing the whole Victorian football community will be supporting the same message on the same day is very powerful and I am extremely proud of the football community for getting on board.
“Football clubs are such an important part of local communities and having them promote the message that zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads is possible will undoubtedly reach a substantial amount of people” Mr. Bell said.
TAC Acting Chief Executive Officer Bruce Crossett said the Towards Zero round aims to highlight the real value of reaching zero deaths on our roads and why it’s something all Victorians should be working towards.
“Grassroots football and netball clubs are the life blood of their communities and I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find someone involved who hasn’t been affected by road trauma,” Mr Crossett said.
“We believe that zero is the only acceptable number of deaths on our roads, but we need everyone to play their part,” he said.
“This round is putting road safety at the fore and we’re asking everyone to prioritise safety to make sure every journey is a safe one.”
“The thousands of football and netball players right across the state cover hundreds of kilometres travelling to games throughout the season”, Mr Crossett said.
“Through our partnership with AFL Victoria, and the launch of the Towards Zero Round, we’re able to have a direct conversation with those Victorians about the role they play in making our roads safer and working towards zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” he said.
An important component of the partnership is the Community Grants Program, which provides clubs who take steps to lead road safety in their communities the chance to receive up to $10,000 in funding, and provide an important messaging platform for players, coaches, umpires and volunteers.
To find out more about the TAC’s Towards Zero initiative, click here.