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The South Metro Junior Football League welcomes last Saturday’s announcement from the Victorian State Government of an $8 million contribution to the redevelopment of the Moorabbin Community Reserve.

The South Metro Junior Football will benefit significantly from the funding allocated in the 2014/15 State Budget that will result in new administration headquarters for Australia’s largest junior football league, which services over 9,500 players and their families, as well as the thousands of volunteers that support the 27 SMJFL member clubs.

The SMJFL has been a member of the working party with the projects’ key stakeholders, which include the AFL, AFL Victoria, Kingston City Council, St Kilda Football Club and the Southern Football League, to collaboratively plan for the revitalisation of Moorabbin Community Reserve.  

This announcement is a great endorsement of that collaborative planning approach.

Roger Teale, Chairman of the SMJFL, was grateful for the State Government’s assistance.

“The South Metro Junior Football League would like to thank the Coalition Government for their support, in particular Member for Bentleigh Elizabeth Miller who has been a champion of the project along with Treasurer Michael O’Brien and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum”, said Teale.

Following the completion of the project, the Moorabbin Community Reserve will become the home to football in the southern Melbourne region and a hot bed for the development of our future stars and evolving demographic. It will host AusKick, school football, AFL 9s, coaching and volunteer education, and provide unisex change rooms for the ever growing female football participation.

The redevelopment also provides a base for the planned standalone St Kilda VFL team in 2016, which would make the Moorabbin Community Reserve the only venue in Victoria to host a junior league, senior league, TAC Cup program and VFL team.

“The redevelopment of Moorabbin Community Reserve will secure the long term base for the administration of the South Metro Junior Football League and become a premier venue for key SMJFL fixtures such as SMJFL Grand Final days and SMJFL interleague matches.”

Jake McCauley, General Manager of the SMJFL, said the funding will improve the capacity on the SMJFL administration.

“The redevelopment of the Moorabbin Community Reserve will allow the South Metro Junior Football League to continue to service clubs to a high standard and provide significant value to the broader community. With nearly 50 SMJFL league meetings, forums, events, information or training nights per annum, the new facility will allow the SMJFL to now host these at Moorabbin; having previously had to host these at external venues. This will greatly improve the service and delivery from the SMJFL.”

SMJFL looks forward to continuing to work with the State Government, Kingston Council, AFL, AFL Victoria, St Kilda Football Club and the Southern Football League to bring this project to life and revitalise the Moorabbin Community Reserve.  

For further information, please contact SMJFL General Manager, Jake McCauley.
Jake McCauley                      
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