Gridiron Victoria to join Gridiron Australia board with Observer status

Gridiron Australia and Gridiron Victoria have come to an agreement allowing GV to appoint an Observer to the GA board.  GV have nominated Mark Levin to take up this position.

This agreement does not amount to a return to full membership of GA by GV, but is a preparatory step for what is hoped to be a full return.  There are still several issues that need to be resolved between GA and GV before full membership, and it is planned that this arrangement will assist in this process.

GV will be an observer in board activities and participate in the planning of the 2017 GA budget.  It is our optimistic intention that agreement will be reached and GV return to full membership at the start of 2017, including participating in the Junior Nationals in QLD in April.  However, even if agreement is not reach by then both sides are committed to continuing discussions and enabling an eventual return to full membership by GV.

The boards of both GA and GV ask members on both sides to cease the negative comments and instead work constructively as we all attempt to advance the sport throughout the country.  Should members or other interested parties of either side have concerns, please speak with your local representative for clarification as the first step.

Gridiron Australia 2016 Budget

The board of Gridiron Australia has approved the budget for 2016.

The total budget of $175,415 includes:

  • $35,750 for coaching development and coaching programs.
  • $45,100 for marketing.
  • $11,000 for officiating development.
  • $42,257 for public liability and management insurance.

Full details are available here.

National Coaching Director

paulGridiron Australia would like to congratulate Paul Manera on his appointment as the Gridiron Australia National Coaching Director.
Paul will be responsible for implementing our new Online Coaching Accreditation Scheme through USA Football which will include the Heads Up Football Principals and Safe Play. Paul will also be driving the Outback Outreach Program which is designed to assist in the development of players and coaches across the country. Paul has been involved with the sport in Australia for 32 years and has coached at Club, State, National and International level. We wish him every success in his appointment.

GA Board for 2016/17

The 2016 Gridiron Australia AGM was held on 18 June 2016 at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport.  The current board is:
•    Darrin Mitchell (Chairman)
•    Shaun Dove (Deputy Chairman, Officiating, AGOA)
•    Matt Steel (National Teams, NSW)
•    Ben Sinapati (QLD)
•    Kevin Wilson (WA)
•    Tom Etherton (SA)
•    Chris Jackson (TAS, represented at this meeting by Jeff Clarke)
•    George Stosic (ACT)
•    Chris Josey (Financial Controller)
•    Richard Gill (Acting Secretary)
We are looking to have a permanent Secretary and National Director of Coaching appointed by the end of August.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Gridiron Australia Ltd will be held on 18 June commencing 9:00am at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport.

Please contact your state league administration or Gridiron Australia care of secretary@ga.org.au for further information.

Gridiron Australia Meeting Summary 2014

ga-logoGridiron Australia Limited (GA) held its 2014 Annual General Meeting and then its annual face-to-face board meeting on the weekend of 14/15 June 2014 in Sydney.  I am pleased to advise that all affiliated bodies were represented at these meetings, including Gridiron Victoria.

I am proud to advise that I have been elected as your Chairman replacing David Sedgwick who recently advised of his intention to step down from this position after many years of strong service to the sport at both a State and National level due to work commitments.

I would personally like to thank and acknowledge David for his contribution to our game which has given the sport a solid foundation to move forward.

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Notice to all GA members: 2012 AGM

Gridiron Australia (GA) held its Annual General Meeting and subsequent six monthly board meeting on the weekend of 4th-6th May in Sydney. All affiliated bodies were represented at these meetings. I have been elected as your Chairman replacing Mike Ryan who recently resigned his position after 11 years of strong service to the sport. Mike has accepted a position in a Commissioner role for GA to continue his work on international relations for our sport through IFAF and OFAF. Mike will report directly to myself and the Board on issues affecting our sport with these governing bodies and will also forge beneficial alliances with other international organisations involved in our game.

I would personally like to thank and acknowledge Mike for his wonderful contribution to our game. In Mike’s time in the sport we have managed to establish and maintain a strong governing national body, GA has participated in World Cup events, held strong National Championships (including progressing to new fly in/fly out format), established a National Coaching Director role, formalised National coaching appointments and we have seen the game grow in junior development. These and countless other achievements place our game in a stronger position today then when Mike took the helm all those years ago.

While Mike has set high standards for our game I hope to take our game to the next level with the support of the new Board and all our GA’s members.

The newly elected GA Board is:

  • David Sedgwick – Chairman
  • Chris Josey – Secretary – Queensland
  • Tony Martin – AGOA
  • Darrin Mitchell – New South Wales
  • Layke Rossiello – Victoria
  • Gordon Tuft – South Australia
  • Cheryl Bollard – Australian Capital Territory
  • Wayne Dropulich – Western Australia

This group is resolved to making certain Gridiron Australia an organisation setting clear strategic direction, displaying transparent decision making and providing strong leadership and management to our game.

This Board has already spent a great deal of time building a basis for our strategic plan for the game in Australia. The Gridiron Australia Strategic Plan will be finalised in the coming months and released for all our members to view the future direction of our sport. In the interim I can provide you with a summary of the nine key areas the Board has set as priorities of focus with a few brief words of explanation for each.

These are:

On-field Priorities

  • Successful Senior and Junior National Championships (with 6 States participating)
  • Healthy Juniors program – this includes expanding junior programs across the country
  • International competitiveness – strengthening junior and senior National team programs

Off-field Priorities

  • Financial viability – financial sustainability and growth for our sport
  • Well-regarded brand/high profile – within our own membership and the wider community
  • Developed and published policies and procedures – policies update or developed as required and published on the GA website for all to view.

Resource Development

  • Coaches – establish coaching pathway for sport (addressing training materials and opportunities for coaches to learn) and increasing coaching numbers
  • Officials – growing Officials numbers
  • Club development (including administration and volunteers) – strengthening our Clubs through local and National programs.

It is worth noting that while these items are forming the basis for our strategic plan they are not precluding the Board from addressing other areas of GA’s business. As such each member of the Board will take responsibility for divisions of GA. These details are being finalised at the moment and we are hoping to release details in June 2012.

For now please also find a short profile on each of your new Board members outlining their history with our game and any other expertise they bring to the sport.

Please continue to visit this website for more details on the changes that will be occurring in our game. I would also urge you to encourage others to visit here also.

Thank you.

David Sedgwick
Chairman