Changes to the running of Albury Wodonga Football Association tabled at meeting with local clubs

ALBURY Wodonga Football Association (AWFA) is set to be governed by a board of directors in 2017 following a meeting with local clubs last week.

AWFA president Simon Randall said the change in governance won’t affect the way in which the competition is played, but will be vastly different to how it is administrated since the inception of the association in 1973.

“We will have a board of directors and an operations group,” Randall said.

“In the past it has been a group of individuals nominated and voted on by member clubs to help run the association.

“They will look after the governance polices for the association, as well as chasing down sponsorship and grants to help grow our game.”

Randall said last Friday’s meeting was an opportunity for all clubs to voice their concerns or have any questions answered by the future develop committee, who have developed the proposed concept during the past 12 to 18 months.

“Councils would rather talk to a board of directors or a CEO, so they can get to the bigger picture at hand,” he said.

“We have to move forward as an association and this is a way of doing it.

“We'll have a better way to present ourselves to prospective sponsors and councils to let them know where we're coming from.

“We've got 3000 playing members at the moment and we want to improve that to 4000-5000 in the next 18 months to two years, especially in the juniors and grassroots programs.”

A final decision on the proposal will be made at AWFA’s annual general meeting on December 4, and if successful, should be implemented by the 2017 season.