YJFL seeking new Board Member

4th November, 2021

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD MEMBER (VOLUNTARY)

The Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL), the largest junior (AFL) football League in Australia with over 500 teams and 11,000 players, has an exciting opportunity for a new member to join its Board.

We are financially secure (operating independently of but through an affiliation with the AFL), and have 34 very supportive junior clubs. We run competitions from Under 8 through to Under 18, in the eastern & northern catchment from Glen Iris to Greensborough, & from Richmond to Warrandyte. Girls footy is changing the face of the League & our clubs for the better, as women and girls are engaged with our clubs and our game, and we need to manage this change. We also develop talented players to play in the AFL NAB League (U17/U19) for boys & girls – historically over 10% of AFL listed male players, and 5% of AFLW listed players, came from the YJFL.

We are now operating from one of the best junior football facilities in Australia, at Ford Park Ivanhoe, where a $20m+ facility has been developed for the League by the North East Link project. This provides us with some wonderful opportunities to grow our code.

The retirement of several long serving Board members presents an exciting opportunity to bring new skills and perspectives to the YJFL and its Board.

In addition to efficient running of the League, we have several major priorities:

1.  Supporting our Clubs volunteer cohorts as we re-emerge from COVID to run a ‘normal’ season.
2. Enhancement of our industry leading Concussion & match-day medical care services.
3.  Developing and implementing recruitment strategies with the AFL, that ensure all primary school players in our catchment are introduced to football.
4.  Refinement of an industry-leading player payment system.
5.  Implementing strategies to address the growth of girl’s football and the demands this places on resource utilisation.

The position is a voluntary, non-executive position. The Board meets approximately 10 times per year; from time to time, other meetings will be necessary (outside office hours).   Experience of working with junior sporting clubs as a volunteer would be well regarded, as would Sports Medicine qualifications. We face a demanding agenda, which is right for a NED that is looking for some fun and challenge in the NFP sector.

The YJFL is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation and encourages applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities, religions, genders, sexualities and cultural identities.

If that sounds like something you would be interested in, please apply in the first instance by expressing your interest to Tim Murray, CEO, at tim.murray@yarrajfl.org.au