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Local junior football clubs join together to create new teams to further kids AFL playing opportunities in 2018.

Belmont Junior Football club and Redcliffe Junior Football club have joined forces to create a new umbrella team from Years 7 through to Year 11 for the upcoming 2018 season.

Registration numbers for junior players in these age groups have been in consistent in recent years for both football clubs, making it difficult for to field teams across all age groups in the competition. The creation of these umbrella teams means that both clubs can now provide a clear playing pathway for players, so they can continue their love and passion for playing AFL through out their high school years, which can then extend into the WAFL and AFL career ranks.

The umbrella concept works by combining players from both clubs in any year groups where numbers fall short, creating the ability to field a full side together where each club may not have been able to separately. This combined team for each year group will then be registered to play under the joint name and playing jumper. All joint teams from each club will play under the name Belmont-Redcliffe Junior Football Club which will take effect in this year’s competition.

Both Club Presidents would like to stress that Belmont and Redcliffe Junior Football Clubs will continue to maintain their separate identities through the retention of their own Auskick and Modified (Yr3 - Yr6) centres, with no future intentions to unite the two teams outside of the Youth Program.

Belmont Junior Football Club President Tony Pickburn says that this alliance will ensure that both clubs can register a team in each age group for the upcoming season and provide certainty around the future of providing teams for kids of allages.

“Both Belmont and Redcliffe Junior Football Clubs have worked tirelessly together to ensure that the local kids have a clear pathway and continued opportunity to play footy in 2018 and beyond.This is quite simply about kids being given a better chance to fulfil their footy passion.”

Redcliffe Junior Football Club President Geof Taylor believes that the umbrella team concept has always been aimed at providing a strong healthy pathway for kids in the district “It is a credit to both RJFC and BJFC committees who've recognised it was time to set aside the friendly rivalry, place the kids first and provide a powerful backing for aspiring AFL players in our area. We at Redcliffe are genuinely excited with this terrific outcome.”

Much discussion has centred on the colours and look of the new playing jersey with Belmont and Redcliffe very respectful of the history and legacy each club holds with members and supporters. A final decision is expected to be made on the team colours in the next few days whilst a selection of final designs for a new team logo and name will be presented to players from both clubs to vote on. Kids across all the year groups under the umbrella team will also be encouraged to compose a new team song.

With the ever-increasing competition from many other junior sports on offer, along with the cost for parents, the move is seen as such a positive step towards being able to provide the longevity and sustainability needed for junior AFL in the district.  More importantly,this umbrella team will ensure kids from both clubs can continue their long-term participation in their favourite sport throughout the entirety of their secondary school years.

For more information please contact:

Tony Pickburn 

BJFC President