AFL Victoria leadership update
AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan has today announced changes to the AFL Football Department Structure and the key appointments associated with those changes.
As part of these changes, Head of AFL Victoria Brad Scott is moving into the new role of General Manager Football at the AFL.
The AFL will begin the recruitment process for a new Head of AFL Victoria, with Scott remaining in the role until early October.
Click here for the full media release from the AFL on changes to the AFL Football Department structure and the key appointments associated with those changes, announced on Thursday.
Scott, who was appointed to the Head of AFL Victoria role in 2020, said it has been a privilege to lead the organisation through a challenging period for the game, and advocate for community football.
“I have really enjoyed my role working in AFL Victoria and moving on from this role at this time was not something I had planned for. However, a fantastic opportunity has come up and I’m really excited about my new position within the game.
“The support from the community football network and our key stakeholders has been hugely important and very much appreciated.
“I can assure the Victorian community football network that the AFL is fully committed to ensuring that AFL Victoria has strong leadership moving forward at a critical time for the game at all levels across the state. Transitioning to 2022 and supporting community football in Victoria is a major focus area for the AFL."
AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan said the Covid pandemic continued to be a major challenge and the AFL was committed to assisting in ensuring that young people impacted by lockdowns returned to team sport and re-connected with their friends and the local community.
“A key priority of the AFL is how we best support community football to rebound after two successive years of Covid interruptions. We are looking at a number of initiatives where we can provide practical help to local clubs and Auskick clinics to be a central part of the rebuilding of community infrastructure and connection.
“Our community clubs are often the epicentres of their community, the sense of belonging they provide is something we must keep safe, and the newly elevated role of Executive General Manager Game Development will join my Executive Team to ensure we are delivering on this.
“We will boost funding in community football and in the coming months we will be announcing a number of initiatives to support community footy bounce back in 2022.”
AFL Victoria will provide the community football network with any updates as soon as information becomes available.