Grassroots Footy in NSW

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Another example of the rise of AF in Sydney's west, & decline of RU.

Prestigeous, 118 y.o. RU West Harbour elite Shute Shield Club (based at the impressive, 20000 capacity inner west Concord Oval) is losing juniors/"close to going under".
The article states "...the AFL competing harder than ever in Sydney's west, was having an impact on playing numbers (RU- my words)... the AFL...are always out in the greater western area with the schools".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-...in-risk-of-going-under/10182618?section=sport
 
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This article provides the hitherto unreleased information about 2018 increases in participation in the ACT.
Part of the ACT "...has seen a 10% increase in growth across seven clubs in Auskick and junior football participants". I suspect this 10% covers an area which is about half of the total ACT area.

A 10% increase is excellent -if it is maintained for 7 years, it will result in a doubling of player nos. from the 1st year (compounding return)

http://aflnswact.com.au/dwyer-emerging-leader/
 
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More evidence of how the creation of GWS is promoting the game in NSW- OUTSIDE of its stronghold of sthn. NSW, & middle class/affluent areas of Sydney's ES, NS, & North Shore.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/afl-chasing-diversity-in-western-sydney
To be honest the whole generational thing was always a hope for me in the beginning.
Dont get me wrong I love my club completely but I didnt "know" that we would definitely make it in Sydney.

But the more and more grassroots stories I hear, see and read in Western Sydney the more confident I get about where we will be in another 12 or so years.

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As someone who lived in Mudgee for many years, I didn't even hear about this. That's a true shame.
They are still trying to keep the club going.

Theres still a push for a "2nd division" so the smaller regions can have a team, which would help the club compete.

Fingers crossed it gets up.

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