AFL Tasmania has launched a new Statewide Facilities Strategy, developed to enhance facility
capacity across local communities and continue to drive the game’s growth over the next decade.
Community football achieved consistent, steady growth from 2016-19 before COVID, and in 2021 is
on track to meet, if not exceed 2019 figures in all key segments.

Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill joins Dave on the Saturday Sports breakfast to explain with participation growth, and the ongoing surge in the popularity of football for women and girls, the planning and development of fit-for-purpose infrastructure will play a vital role in ensuring the game can continue to cater for everyone who wants to be involved.
Tasmanian football is rich in history, with many iconic football grounds around the state, including
venues which are important landmarks within communities. The strategy has been developed using
population mapping, participation data and the insights of key stakeholders through extensive
consultation with clubs, leagues and community leaders.
The facilities strategy is an important resource for clubs and councils seeking funding for projects, as
it highlights areas of need and identifies opportunities in growth markets. Tasmania needs sustainable
football facilities to cater to a diverse array of participants and help drive the game’s progress.
The most pressing need is for further investment into gender-neutral facilities and high-quality lighting
across the state.
Head of AFL Tasmania, Damian Gill, said: “The AFL Tasmania Statewide Facilities Strategy is a
data driven assessment of the needs of our sport from a facilities perspective for the next decade.
“Stakeholders, including local community clubs, have told us that we need more gender-neutral player
and umpire facilities, better lighting and more cohesive partnerships between AFL Tasmania,
government at all levels, leagues and clubs. The strategy acknowledges this and presents a roadmap
for ensuring footballers of all age groups have access to the best possible facilities at all levels of the
game.
“It’s important that facilities continue to cater for participation growth and meet the needs of local
community organisations who benefit from facilities, including in football but across the community
more broadly. Currently, 75% of football facilities across the state are not suitable for all-gender use.
“High-quality lighting is a focus area because just 33% of venues have match-standard permanent
lighting across Tasmania, which limits the amount of football that can be played on our grounds.
There is a clear need for a dedicated funding program for sports lighting to increase capacity of
community facilities that will enhance ground usage and fixturing flexibility.”
The full strategy documentation can be accessed at https://www.afltas.com.au/facilities-2/.