AFLQ announces record participation for 2015

AFL Queensland today released participation figures for 2015, announcing record numbers across the state and Northern Rivers region which is governed by the body.

Total participation grew to 216,381, a 20 per cent increase on 2014 and well in excess of the national growth rate of eight per cent.

Key findings by research group Street Ryan include a 32 per cent increase in football competition participants and a 37 per cent increase in the number of females playing Australia’s game.

AFL Queensland State Development Manager Mark Ensor said the large jump in growth reflected AFL Queensland’s efforts in making Australian Football accessible to all.

“Our target for 2015 was 200,000 and to have exceeded that figure so dramatically is a testament to the quality of our programs and the staff and volunteers who deliver them,” said Mr Ensor.

“A 32 per cent growth in competitions is a remarkable effort by the whole of the Queensland football community, particularly our game development staff who work so effectively with junior clubs and schools to transition boys and girls from our programs to competitions.”

Mr Ensor said female participation remains a key focus for AFL Queensland, with a vision that includes establishing Queensland as Australia’s most appealing and successful state for female football.

“Queensland has led the charge in female football with women and girls now representing one third of our participation base,” he said.

“To achieve 37 per cent growth in just one year is  an outstanding result and stands us in good stead as the AFL works towards the establishment of a national women’s competition.”  

2015 Highlights

–          216,381 total participants (up 20% on 2014)

–          64,863 competition participants (up 32% on 2014)

–          151,518 program participants (up 10% on 2014)

–          27,988 Auskick participants (up 1%)

–          71,293 female participants (37%)

–          Women and girls make up 33% of all participants

–          47 new female community teams were established

Significant participation growth was recorded on a regional base throughout the state, with Hervey Bay (69%), Cape York (45%), Northern Rivers (40%), Sunshine Coast (39%), Logan (38%) and Moreton Bay (30%) achieving the highest increases.

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