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BringBackTorps

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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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BringBackTorps

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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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General Giant

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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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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...t/news-story/d13122be4573733a6a4ceb961c224305

Jessica Halloran: Why AFL trumps NRL when it comes to junior sport
Jessica Halloran, Opinion, The Sunday Telegraph
March 23, 2019 2:30pm

The AFL posted our son a Sherrin, a pump to keep it inflated, a stack of footy cards and an album to hold them.

In “the AFL Auskick package” was also a backpack and a personalised sign in his favourite AFL club’s colours saying he was now “a future star in training”.
He automatically became a junior member of the Sydney Swans, a “red rookie”, and has free entry to three SCG games.


Picture: Alex Coppel

And when we signed him up to play junior rugby league this season, what did he get from the NRL?
Nothing. Not a thing.
In the race to win over the hearts and minds of indifferent mums and dads, it is a no contest when it comes to the national program of Auskick and its clever, heavily branded, inclusive “package”.

More in the link
 

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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...t/news-story/d13122be4573733a6a4ceb961c224305

Jessica Halloran: Why AFL trumps NRL when it comes to junior sport
Jessica Halloran, Opinion, The Sunday Telegraph
March 23, 2019 2:30pm

The AFL posted our son a Sherrin, a pump to keep it inflated, a stack of footy cards and an album to hold them.

In “the AFL Auskick package” was also a backpack and a personalised sign in his favourite AFL club’s colours saying he was now “a future star in training”.
He automatically became a junior member of the Sydney Swans, a “red rookie”, and has free entry to three SCG games.


Picture: Alex Coppel

And when we signed him up to play junior rugby league this season, what did he get from the NRL?
Nothing. Not a thing.
In the race to win over the hearts and minds of indifferent mums and dads, it is a no contest when it comes to the national program of Auskick and its clever, heavily branded, inclusive “package”.

More in the link
Any chance you/others can post the full article?
The link is behind a paywall.
 

General Giant

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An interesting article this morning.

While AFL would see it as a last option and Football have a naturally large grassroots not reliant on the top end, the NRL appear to be about to cut half their development officers.


killing off their future to save their past?

Bad move? good move? necessary move?


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Giant Strides

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I'd have to know more about their total set-up, and in particular, where their head office costs are spent to understand whether it's necessary or not. But yes, it would seem to risk cutting the future to save now - but as a result of squandering money in the past.

The nub of it is that players and clubs can be too greedy with TV rights $, wanting to get their hands on as much as possible and not put any away for a rainy day. But also, head offices become bloated & complacent, squandering money on skyrocketing executve salaries, ideas, HQ positions that aren't core to their role.

In relation to your question, where are the development officers and what are they doing? And what was the setup prior to getting these development officers in? If they are mainly 'jobs for the boys' - employing retired & cut league players - then I would question whether they are truly value for money.
 

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Not sure what type of season we will have maybe 6-8 week however exciting to be back coaching in a couple of weeks with return to training out from both AFL-NSW and the Club

 

BringBackTorps

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Re NSW & Qld., G. Mc Lachlan has said 6.7

"...participation at all levels of football in both states has continued to trend upwards with nearly 300,000 participants in NSW, & 270,000 participants in Qld. in 2019, an increase of 7% for each state".

Ratings are also rising.



Like all sports, these nos. are rubbery. Many are one-off Gala Days etc
Importantly, however, NSW (& Qld.) club & school (govt. & private, both primary & secondary) competition player nos. are experiencing long term growth- which has been very strong since 2012, the Giants birth. NSW AFL draft nos. have also been strong in the last few years.
 
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BringBackTorps

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Thought I would put this here.
Some may wish to compare the progress of NSW GR AF- & decline in NSW GR male contact RL nos.- with the other "frontier" state, Qld.

The QRL stated on 24.7 that the Rugby League Brisbane Juniors competition, for kids U6- U12, only had c. 5000 players. This is very small figure for Brisbane, a RL heartland city of c. 2.2m people (not including Ipswich, which has its own Ipswich Junior RL comp.)

(scroll down to my posts#104 107 110 129 for details of AF & RL GR situation)
 
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