The AFL Fans Association will take an important step towards legitimacy and recognition in the game whe it holds its inaugural annual general meeting and elections on Wednesday night.
All of the AFLFA’s approximately 1500 members are eligible to vote and stand for a position on the board, with a notice sent to members around the country.
Two of the existing committee members are standing down, the remaining four joining a six-person ticket.
Lawyer Tim Guy, and Brenda Boland – who is the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People – join the ticket, which is again being led by Gerry Eeman, another lawyer.
Eeman said it was a significant occasion for the association.
“We’re looking forward to it. We’re still a young organisation, only one and a half years old, this is an important step in the association’s development.
“It also provides another avenue to hear from members. We regularly receive feedback through facebook and emails but nothing beats speaking to people in person. We’re not expecting big numbers at our inaugural AGM but we need to start somewhere. We’ve had over 100 proxy votes sent in so far.”
He was confident his ticket was well-balanced and would do a strong job if elected.
“It’s a good mix. They’re all passionate footy people who love sitting in the outer.”
Formed in December 2013, the AFLFA was plagued by internal friction last year. It has this year taken more of a measured approach this season – in part a result of the clear proactive steps taken to improve fan experience taken by AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan since taking on his role last season.
Former president Brian Clarke had been involved in a public slanging match with McLachlan’s predecessor Andrew Demetriou, but Eeman has expressed his desire to maintain a positive relationship with the league. In March, he met AFL general manager of clubs and operations Travis Auld to discuss a number of fan-related issues.
The AFLFA’s purpose statement says the organisation was created: “to give AFL fans a vehicle to express their views about all things AFL. We all recognise that Australian football today is big business as well as a sport. However, it’s the fans who keep this business afloat.”
The AGM is being held at the South Oakleigh Club in Bentleigh East.
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