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NSW parliamentary friends of AFL goes live

The NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL has now officially been launched to strengthen key relationships between the AFL, local football organisations and Members of Parliament.

Member for Oatley and Co-chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL, Mark Coure, was impressed by the amount of interest generated at the launch event as well as the career, player and recreational benefits of the sport.

“AFL is a uniquely Australian game and it is fantastic to see so many Members of Parliament supporting this cause to keep our communities both active and engaged,” Mr Coure said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent floods across the State were not enough to dull the spirit of our members and it is fantastic to be able to launch this social conduit between Parliament and local communities across NSW.”

The NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL aims to recognise the growth of the game in NSW, particularly in female football, strengthen relationships between the AFL and State Government representatives and provide a voice for the AFL community within NSW Parliament.

Head of AFL NSW/ACT, Tiffany Robertson, said “thank you to Mark Coure MP, Stephen Bali MP and all Members of Parliament for supporting the launch of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL.”

“Whether it’s athletes of all abilities, volunteers, coaches, officials, fans or families, there is something for everyone in AFL. Participation by women and girls is leading the growth of our game. For every one female team in 2010 in NSW, there are now over 11 and we’re committed to supporting women and girls to have access to safe and inclusive facilities,” Ms Robertson said.

“Gender inequality on the sporting field is an issue which I want to tackle. Girls and women deserve equal access to our premier sporting facilities throughout the State,” Mr Coure said.

“Local sport is the lifeblood of communities across NSW and by actively engaging with their needs and interests here in Parliament, we are ensuring that their voices are both heard and actioned,” Mr Coure said.

“I applaud the AFL’s recent announcement of a flood relief package to provide immediate assistance and support to local AFL clubs impacted by the March floods,“ Mr Coure said.
The NSW Parliamentary Friends of AFL was launched at NSW Parliament House alongside NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and representatives from the AFL including Chief Executive Officer, Gillon McLachlan, on 25 March 2021.