Gary ABlett has been announced as the AFLQ community football ambassador.
AFL Queensland today announced Gary Ablett as the Queensland Community Football Ambassador.
Ablett will work with AFL Queensland to help promote grassroots AFL throughout the state.
The 2009 Brownlow Medallist cut his teeth in junior community football before rising through the ranks to elite level AFL.
Ablett said he was honoured to become the state’s community football ambassador.
“I’ve witnessed firsthand the rise of AFL in Queensland and I’m looking forward to helping it grow even more,” he said.
“Community footy gives everyone an opportunity to participate, male or female regardless of their ability or experience.”
“At its heart, community football is about learning a new skill, making new friends and enjoying yourself and I can’t wait to be involved with this part of our game.”
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Speaking at today’s announcement at Beenleigh Sports Club, AFL Queensland CEO, Michael Conlan said Ablett’s profile would help to turn the spotlight onto community football and continue the game’s growth in Queensland.
“Gary is one of the most respected players in the AFL and a great advocate for our game at every level,” he said.
“His team focus, sportsmanship and love for the game all reflect the values of community football and make him a perfect fit for the ambassador role.”
AFL has grown significantly over the last decade and there are more than 145,000 participants around the state.
“There are more than 160 community football clubs in Queensland and they are the lifeblood of our sport,” Conlan said.
“Community football is unique in providing opportunities for anyone, as players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans.”
To find your local community club, go to https://www.aflq.com.au