AFL Queensland partners with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as a Duke 4Sport Partner 

AFL Queensland has officially partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as a Duke 4Sport Partner. 

As an umpire, Duke of Ed Participants can tick off physical recreation, voluntary service, and skills development sections of the Duke of Ed. Richie Lyons, AFL Queensland’s Growth, Participation and Operations Manager said AFL Queensland is excited to become a Duke 4Sport Partner, part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.   

“The partnership will give Participants the opportunity to be involved in sport for fitness, education, and training in all regions across Queensland,” he said.  

“The Duke of Ed is an important organisation in supporting young people to become leaders in their communities, and AFL Queensland is a great choice for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Participants.

“Whether considering a career in sport or not, our programs enable participants to understand the benefits of sport, being active, part of a team and having fun, in a welcoming and inclusive environment.” 

Sam Bridges, AFL Queensland’s Umpiring Development Lead said not only will AFL Queensland’s involvement in the Duke 4Sport Program benefit Participants, but Australian Rules football will also be exposed to a new audience.  

“Umpiring is a great way for Duke of Ed Participants to not only achieve the requirements of the Award, but gain skills that will benefit them outside of football,” he said.  

“We hope to inspire young people to improve their fitness, mental health and over all well-being, while making a difference in our great game.  

“On completing their Duke of Ed, we hope to see new Field, Goal and Boundary Umpires joining the AFL Queensland umpiring ranks.” 

To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award  and how to get involved with AFL Queensland, visit or the AFL Queensland Umpiring department at

Our Supporters