The West Australian Football Commission and the AFL value the contribution that volunteers make to the game of Australian Football. To recognise the efforts of volunteers the WAFC are presenting awards in eight categories. The WAFC is calling for nominations for the following award categories.
The Optus WA Football Volunteer of the Year is the most prestigious award and will be presented to someone who makes an outstanding contribution in a volunteer capacity. The winner of this award will receive a free trip to the AFL Grand Final.
All finalists for the WA Football Volunteer of the Year awards are invited to the finalists function proir to the Sandover Medal. At this function all award winners will be announced excluding the Optus WA Football Volunteer of the year will be announced. This award will be announced at the 2019 Sandover Medal.
WA was the first State to recognise its volunteers on such a large scale. The award’s success has prompted the AFL to run the program nationwide.
Anyone involved in football at any level is eligible to be nominated for the award through their local region or district or by the WA Football Commission.
WA Football Commission Community Football Manager Josh Bowler said WA had more than 46,000 volunteers participating every week in the game at all levels and without them the game would be lost.
“There are so many aspects of our game that just wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of our volunteer."
“Volunteers are involved at all levels whether it’s in the canteen, umpiring, peeling oranges, coaching or driving their kids to the game. The WA Football Volunteer of the Year program aims to elevate the standing of volunteers to that of a star. Just like you have star players and star coaches we want to recognise star volunteers.”, Mr Bowler said.