While football and netball teams can’t currently play the game they love, a new online challenge has been launched with local clubs encouraged to get on board.
AFL Victoria Country, Netball Victoria and WorkSafe yesterday announced the #CountryClub Challenge which plans to help teams stay competitive online, just as they would on the ground.
The #CountryClubChallenge is a private Facebook page made up of all AFL Victoria Country and Netball Victoria teams who each week will vie for points by getting as many members as they can to participate in one of the weekly challenges and posting it on the page.
Posts will put clubs in the running for a major prize, with the club with the most points getting a three-day experience with an AFL footballer and an elite netballer while weekly prizes will be handed out for the most creative posts.
What is the Country Club Challenge?
The Country Club Challenge aims to connect players & supporters of all country football and netball clubs in Victoria in a centralised hub, where they can upload their skills efforts, fitness challenges and great team-building moments in a competition format.
The competition will take place across the suspension period of play and we are focusing on five key pillars – skills sessions, fitness, community support, supporting your club and elite talent integration.
How long does the competition run for?
The competition will start on Monday, 27th April and will run until Sunday, 28th June. Following the close of the competition, the grand prize winner will be announced on the Monday following the end of the competition.
How does it work?
Players, supporters and clubs taking part of the challenge receive one point every time they post to the Facebook page (click here) and use #CountryClubChallenge. If players and supporters are posting on behalf of their club, they need to tag that club to ensure we know who they are aligned to. If the club is posting, we know who it’s coming from.
One video will be considered an entry point to that club. The same video cannot be posted and tagged from multiple sources – this does not count as separate entries.
Not only will the posts count as points to the major prize competition, but each week a club will win a minor prize based on the creativity of their post in the weekly challenge set to them. The post that the judging panel feels is the most creative will win training footballs, netballs and WorkSafe branded collateral valued up to $1,000.
Each Monday morning, a leader board will be posted updating the top 10 clubs which have posted the most times to the page. We will also call out the clubhouse leader of the major prize in this post, as well as the minor prize winner from that week’s challenge.
Posts will only be accepted if they adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions as set out by the state and federal governments.