AFL NSW/ACT awarded Organisation of the Year

AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham accepts the joint-award with Ruth Havrlant (Netball NSW Director) and Carolyn Campbell (CEO Netball NSW)


AFL NSW/ACT has been named the 2017 Sport NSW Organisation of the Year alongside joint-winners, Netball NSW.

Presented at the NSW Champions of Sport Awards, it was a back-to-back win for AFL NSW/ACT, having taken home the honour in 2016.

The organisation was awarded the prize following examples of company led initiatives of teamwork and leadership, such as their Young Leader Program, the internal Values Group, and the Good for Footy Uniform Drive, among others.

AFL NSW/ACT also delivered pre-season Volunteer Recruitment and Retention workshops to nine leagues, which focused on creative ways to recruit volunteers. With a big focus on volunteers at AFL NSW/ACT, recognition programs such as Volunteer Rounds, volunteer education and Volunteer of the Year and Merit Awards, were also taken into account when judging the award.

Other factors included the opportunities provided in seeking to address diversity in administration and governance within the sport, through programs such as the Bachar Houli Traineeships, and hosting events such as the National Male Diversity Championships and running the Adam Goodes Talent Program.

AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham said he was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the wider organisation.

“AFL NSW/ACT is proud to have been awarded the Sport NSW ‘Organisation of the Year’ Award for the second year running, alongside our friends at Netball NSW,” said Graham.

“This honour is a testament to the energy, hard work and passion of our entire team right across the State, and the achievements we have delivered this year.

“We would like to thank Sport NSW for recognising the AFL again for this award.”

AFL NSW/ACT were finalists for four awards across the night including Administrator of the Year – Matthew Graham, Event of the Year – National Male Diversity Championships, Team of the Year with a Disability – NSW/ACT Rams Inclusion side, and for Organisation of the Year.

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