2023 AFL Merit Awards

Image: Sam Haddad – a former Merit Award winner

AFL Queensland is seeking applications from around the state for the AFL Merit Awards in 2023.

The Merit Award is awarded to volunteers who have provided ten or more years of outstanding service to community football and has been presented annually around the country since the 1930s.

To be eligible for the AFL Queensland Merit Award, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of ten years of service to football in any paid or honorary role at the time of awarding – including but not limited to – services to an Auskick centre, community club or league, region &/or AFL State/Territory (“S/T”) body
  • Their outstanding service aligns to the AFL Vision “Positive influence to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage & possibilities” and AFL values of “Play to win. Play fair. Play with passion. Play as one team.”

Each of the two Merit Award winners will receive a certificate signed by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and have their name included on the plaque of Merit Award recipients at AFL House in Melbourne alongside the other 600 Merit Award winners dating back to 1931.

Applications for the 2023 AFL Merit Awards close on July 16.

If you know someone around you club who you think is a deserving Merit Award candidate, please nominate them here.

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