Country Vic Review

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has announced a review of the structure of football across country Victoria after the departure of long-serving CEO of the Victorian Country Football League Glenn Scott.

Mr Demetriou said the AFL was alarmed to learn that Mr Scott, one of football’s most effective and respected administrators, had resigned after nine years in the position.

The AFL has notified the VCFL chairman Nicholas Rolfe of the review which will be led by AFL Victoria chairman and former chief executive of the Essendon Football Club, Peter Jackson.

Mr Demetriou said the AFL recently set up a new structure for the game in Victoria under the auspices of AFL Victoria, led by Mr Jackson and new AFL Victoria General Manager, Grant Williams.

"This was instigated so that various organisations will work more effectively together. Against this backdrop, we are particularly disappointed with the process undertaken by the VCFL board as well as the outcome," he said.

"Glenn Scott has been an outstanding CEO of the VCFL. Despite a long-running drought, bushfires and floods, Glenn has spearheaded the growth of the game across country Victoria," Mr Demetriou said. "We are very disappointed that someone of Glenn’s calibre and experience has left the role."

Mr Demetriou said Mr Scott was instrumental in building participation and getting community football clubs back on track following the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the recent floods which affected dozens of clubs across the state.

Over the past decade, participation in country football has increased from 65,000 to 80,000, the number of teams has jumped from 2,350 to 2,900 and the VCFL’s turnover has gone from $1.2 million to $6 million a year.

"Despite the adversities facing regional Victoria over the past 10 years, the game is in great shape and this is in no small part because of the leadership of Glenn Scott who has been a tireless servant of the game," Mr Demetriou said. "We certainly thank him for his hard work and hope he can continue to play an active role in the game."

The terms of reference for the review will be finalised next week.

"The AFL is strongly committed to continuing to support the game in country Victoria and this review will ensure that everyone works together so it continues to enjoy strong growth," Mr Demetriou said.

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