We are a community based Over 35’s Australian Rules Football Club that competes in the Vic Metro Masters League.
Located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne we are based in the suburb of Coburg at Coburg City Oval and are affiliated with the Coburg Sports Association.
We are an inclusive & diverse club with teams in the Men’s Over 35s, Over 45s, Over 50s and the Women’s Over 35s all competing in the Vic Metro Premier division.
Our motto is “Footy For Life” and it’s our philosophy that you are never too old to play football. Our purpose to provide mature age players the opportunity to participate and compete in a safe, well organised and enjoyable atmosphere as well encourage participation in physical activity to better manage health.
AFL UPDATE ON COVID-19: 17 MARCH 2020
PUBLISHED 17 MARCH, 2020, 4.48PM AEDT
A note to the AFL football community,
The health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials, partners, volunteers and communities has been our number one priority.
We are determined to be part of the whole of community response to slow this COVID-19 virus down – and in doing so, help the broader community and our health systems to cope.
Following a series of meetings over the last number of days involving the AFL and all State and Territory CEOs, recommendations have been made in relation to Community football.
Consistent with the decision yesterday in relation to State League football and the national and state talent programs, all AFL and AFL State association managed or operated leagues along with the NAB AFL Auskick Centres programs currently operating or set to begin, will be postponed until 31st May 2020.
The AFL is also strongly recommending that independently governed junior and senior leagues and associations postpone the commencement and/or operation of their leagues/associations until the same date.
This decision and recommendation covers AFL community matches, AFL community training sessions and face to face AFL, WAFC and SANFL education courses.
Given the current climate of uncertainty and complexity, we felt it was best for our AFL community to take decisive action now.
The recommendation was collectively agreed upon based on the nature of shared public facilities across community football clubs and the health and safety of our volunteer network.
The AFL and AFL State and Territory Associations are committed to supporting community football during this time.
We are a game, but we are not the main game.
The main game is looking after the community and that is the clear priority for everyone at the moment. For football families like all families.
It is paramount that support and engagement in community football continues during these times. It is vital players, coaches, administrators, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and kids retain close links to their local clubs, Auskick Centres and wider league network.
The AFL will continue to meet with state and territory associations in relation to community football and will continually review this decision based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health departments and medical experts. We will communicate any updates and provide advice in a timely manner.
Football has had many challenges and despite the size of this one, football will find a way through.
Transgender Player Guidelines for Season 2020
COVID-19 has been in the headlines over the last two weeks and as a result other important information has not been communicated. The AFL Masters Vic Metro Board released their guidelines for season 2020 in regard to Transgender Players on the March 11, 2020 as follows:
The following is the cover email received from the General Manager of AFLVM
Vic Metro have been constantly requesting guidance from the AFL about a Transgender Policy.
We have been informed that the Policy has been written, but is awaiting approval from Their Board.
Our League made a commitment to have a policy in place for 2020, so the Executive Directors and Football Department have drafted the attached Permit for the immediate future.
Your Club can now register Transgender Players, subject to them reading and agreeing in writing to the attached Permit conditions.
The following is the guidelines received from AFLVM:
AFLVM Guideline for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in AFLVM gender specific matches
Introduction and Background
In 2019, the AFL Masters Victorian Metropolitan Superules Football League Inc and affiliated clubs (AFLVM) received a formal request from one of its competing clubs to issue a permit for a transgender club member to play in the Women’s competition.
The request highlighted that the AFLVM need to implement guidelines to clubs on how we can be inclusive of transgender and gender diverse people while also protecting the health and safety of all players and the AFLVM values underpinning footy for fun.
AFLVM declined the player a permit for the remainder of the 2019 season pending the development of an appropriate AFLVM rule for the 2020 season and beyond at which time AFLVM would review the player’s request.
In 2019 the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Sport Australia and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (of which the AFL is a member) (COMPPS)issued Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport (the Guidelines). For ease of reference, this publication can be found on the AHRC’s website at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/publications.
The AHRC Guidelines are all encompassing and the AFLVM and our clubs already generally comply relating to inclusion of transgender people in a non-discriminatory way.
This guideline will focus only on the question of whether a transgender person should be issued with a permit to play in a team of their choosing.
AFLVM Position in Principle
The AFLVM in developing rules for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in AFLVM gender specific matches will have regard to the following Principles:
With AFLVM 2020 season upon us and with the AFL “Community” Football transgender policy release further delayed, the Board proposes an interim permit be issued to transgender and gender diverse people wishing to play in the team of their choosing subject to the following criteria being met:
The AFLVM wishes to ultimately establish rules and criteria for determining eligibility of transgender and gender diverse people wishing to play in the AFLVM that are consistent with the AFL and community football generally. Therefore, it reserves the right to amend this interim guideline in the future including how eligibility may be assessed.
Registration For Season 2020 Now Open
If you missed the window to registered in the early bird period, fear not because we've extended early bird membership until midnight, Sunday, March 15.
So here is what you need to do right now! REGISTER, if you haven't already. Returning players or new, it needs to be completed online via the Sports TG portal. Simply CLICK HERE and it will take you to registration site.
New players will be required to complete a one-off membership form on paper but will provide this at training but most importantly if you want to play we need you to register online.
You will need your email address and password. If you are having trouble logging with your existing email address or are having trouble resetting your password please contact us at email@example.com or call/text 0435 036 689 and we will assist you.
If you are an existing player and are having trouble don't start a new registration otherwise you will end up with duplicate information and your playing history will be lost.
If you are transferring from another club or league then you may require a transfer (clearance). If this is case please contact the Club via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) providing the following information: Full Name, Date of Birth, Club you were last registered with and, the Year you were last registered with that Club.
The process for register should be fairly simple and you’ll will receive a confirmation email once registered. If you do not then again contact the club.
Find out more about registration and membership costs. CLICK HERE.