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Community clubs across Victoria are putting good governance first according to the latest Swisse Quality Club figures.

The Swisse AFL Quality Club Program ensures that all accredited community clubs are achieving an optimum standard of club administration to grow participation and increase funding opportunities.

The program provides three levels of accreditation, gold, silver and bronze which enable clubs to achieve a minimum standard of club administration and governance, while recognising and rewarding clubs for achieving higher standards of excellence and success.

In 2014, the number of accredited clubs grew by a whopping 80 per cent.

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Of the more than 115 clubs who were accredited, 33 walked away with a brand new ipad and AFL Live Subscription thanks to Swisse, simply for putting their own policies and procedures through the Quality Club test.

The South Metro Junior Football league led the way with all of their 27 affiliated clubs now accredited under the Quality Club Program, the only league in Australia to currently do so.

South Metro Junior FL General Manager Jake McCauley said the statistic was a fantastic reflection on local club administrators who are striving to create positive environments at their club.

“As with any organisation, we are only as good as our sum parts. In that regard, we are pleased that club governance and administration within our league is in good shape by becoming the only league in Australia to currently have all member clubs accredited.”

“This includes one St Peters FC, being one of only 3 clubs in Victoria to currently have Gold accreditation.

“The SMJFL couldn’t have been achieved this without the tireless efforts of the clubs volunteer administrators.”

Dorothy Hisgrove, GM for People, Community and Culture at the AFL, said raising the standard of grassroots clubs was imperative to the continued growth of community clubs around the country.

“Community based clubs are the cornerstone of Australian Football and strong clubs at the grassroots level means a strong game across the board.

“Grassroots football is in excellent health but there is always more that can be done to create welcoming, safe and secure environments for members of the community.

“The Swisse AFL Quality Club program raises the standard across a range key areas which is good for the game and good for the community.”