WJFC affiliates with SANFL Juniors

9th Nov 2016

The Walkerville Junior Football Club committee has resolved to affiliate with SANFL Juniors from season 2017.

Following extensive discussions and due diligence, the committee is of the view that SANFL Juniors presents the best path for our players and the club for a number of reasons including:

  • Alignment with the peak body for football in SA
  • Diversity of competition and this is likely to grow as more clubs come on board
  • Assurances provided by SANFL with respect to key issues including player and team number retention
  • Resource being put into competition management
  • SANFL ability to help access a second oval and improve existing facilities so we can grow (including girl’s football)

Whilst the move to the SANFL juniors will result in some changes to competition and game day structures, these are expected to be minor and we believe will be positive. All boys playing in 2016 will be able to play in 2017.

One change will be in under 6 and 7. Under the SANFL model players will not play matches until under 8’s. Prior to this Auskick will be the forum for juniors with under 7’s playing SANFL minis (modified game format) in addition to the Auskick programme. This aligns with the AFL’s recommended path. However it should be noted that an under 6 competition is unlikely in a NEMJFA competition.

The committee’s view, which is supported by feedback from clubs that joined SANFL Juniors in 2016, is that the transition will be smooth and that it will be a positive experience for players and parents. Over the coming months we will plan the transition to the new competition.

Find out more about SANFL Juniors, or to find out more about joining our Club please contact us.

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