By Grant Hitzman
The Aspley Hornets Australian Football Club has been awarded Silver level accreditation as part of the AFL Quality Club Program.
Clubs accredited in the Quality Club Program demonstrate a community focused outlook, foster quality environments within the club, support volunteers, effectively manage the club and positively promote the game throughout the community.
The Silver accreditation is the second level of the program and reaching this demonstrates excellent levels of club administration.
Aspley Hornets Junior Development Manager, Ian Reeves, believes Aspley has achieved silver level recognition through organised administration, a community based approach and continued work with long serving members.
“Our Administration aspect of the Football Club is very organised with a Football Operations Officer employed full time,” Reeves said.
“Even though we are a large Club we have a big family atmosphere throughout the Club that has shaped our culture.
“People like Les Parfitt, who was our development officer for 20 years is an excellent example of our family approach. His excellent interpersonal skills and passion for the club has gone a long way to building the friendly family culture that exists at Aspley.
“A very stable board, with long serving members such as Tony Tucker, Tim Gillespie and Tom Streater have been invaluable assets to the success and viability of our club.”
Reeves also offered some advice for developing clubs who were looking to achieve Quality Club accreditation.
“Have a strong administration running the club and concentrate on looking after your customers – your players and parents – and make them feel welcome – provide a top customer service.” Reeves said.
The Quality Club accreditation process is reviewed annually and Aspley will be working toward achieving Gold Status in the near future.