Grassroots football clubs rewarded for fostering talent

Norwood player Bek McMahon, SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson, AAMI's Allicia Tsiolis, Glenelg player Jack Hannath and SANFL Juniors players Kai and Tom. Note: photo taken prior to gathering restrictions
Norwood player Bek McMahon, SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson, AAMI's Allicia Tsiolis, Glenelg player Jack Hannath and SANFL Juniors players Kai and Tom. Note: photo taken prior to gathering restrictions

When the community footy season returns, on May 31 at the earliest, the SANFL will be encouraging clubs to part with their talent by continuing their Rookie Program.

The SANFL announced they would continue their rookie program that rewards community club for every player that debuts in the Statewide Super League.

Regional clubs across South Australia function as key feeder areas for SANFL clubs and have produced a huge pool of talent for the league.

The program in 2020 will recognise every Statewide Super League debutant from SA, with their community football club receiving $500 thanks to a partnership with national insurer AAMI.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the league was delighted to be forging a new partnership in 2020 whereby local grassroots community football clubs are rewarded for fostering talent.

"AAMI is a strong supporter of our game nationally for both men and women and we are pleased to welcome them as a local Premier Partner at a grassroots community football and State League level."

AAMI's Executive Manager for South Australia CTP Allicia Tsiolis said supporting South Australia was really important for AAMI, whether it be through sport, arts or road safety.

"AAMI is proud to support the local men's and women's State League competitions, with a focus on grassroots footy," she said.

"We have more than 500 people based in Adelaide and a million policies with SA customers who insure their cars, homes and businesses with us, as well as take out compulsory third party (CTP) insurance cover.

"This year has already been incredibly challenging for many South Australians, but we're committed to continuing to back the State and our new partnership with SANFL will help us build an even stronger presence here."

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