The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) is proud to announce that it will continue its partnership with the St Kilda Football Club (St Kilda).
This year marks the fifth year of the partnership between St Kilda and the SMJFL, leading the way as the first AFL-to-community partnership.
St Kilda and the SMJFL have collaborated on several projects, including the St Kilda Next Generation Academy, the Interleague program and AFLW Player Ambassador programs to clubs.
SMJFL Chief Executive Officer Sarah Loh said the partnership will continue to set a high standard for grassroots-to-elite pathways across the country for both players and coaches.
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside St Kilda Football Club in this truly collaborative community partnership,” Ms Loh said.
“This partnership is key for our players, who can see a clear pathway from their junior clubs to an elite football club in role models such as Olivia Vesely, Max King and Ryan Byrnes.”
St Kilda Football Club Chief Executive Officer Matt Finnis said the club was proud to further strengthen its partnership with the SMJFL.
“Our Major Community Partnership with the SMJFL is a fantastic way to help get more people involved in the game, and the work the SMJFL has done and continues to do has been extraordinary,” Mr Finnis said.
“We’re proud to continue to play a major role in growing Australia’s game in Melbourne’s South- East, and this partnership will greatly help us in inspiring the next generation for years to come.”