After five years in the role AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager Martin Gleeson has resigned to take up a leadership role with Cricket NSW.
AFL Goulburn Murray Commission Chairman Peter Foott acknowledged Gleeson’s significant contribution to the region.
“As our first RGM Martin has been instrumental in driving the establishment of the Region Administration Centre over the past five years” he said.
“The Administration Centre has grown to partner with seven member Leagues and their clubs with 10 staff operating in a new and inviting office environment at Kialla Park Community Centre.”
“Over the past five years all Leagues in the RAC have enjoyed significant growth in junior participation numbers, sponsorship revenues, finals gates and media presence along with increasing club and league operations support.”
“Martin has led the growth of school participation programs, the establishment of our Youth Development Academy, important links into the multicultural community through such programs as the AFL 9s and the Umpire Diversity Academy and our coach education programs and activities.”
“Female football has grown exponentially with the establishment of the MBCM Northern Country Women’s League in 2017 adding to the 11 team Youth Girls competition and the introduction of an U12 junior girls programs in the second half of this season has set up the opportunity for a more formal competition to be introduced next season.”
“Significant governance and structural advancements have been achieved through junior football with the Shepparton DJFL U14 and U16s moving away from a school based competition to fully club based, the previous Primary School competition has now been fully integrated into the SDJFL structure, an U10 and U12 competition providing a much clearer playing pathway utilising the AFL Junior Match Policy, the introduction of U10s in the Seymour DFNL and Goulburn Campaspe JFL and the stabilisation and growth of the Seymour DJFNL U16 competition.”
“Furthermore, with Martin’s leadership we have seen the establishment of the GV Giants Masters football club and the GV Stars Access All Abilities and the Commission in partnership with Local Councils have hosted a number of major events including AFL games, National Youth Girls Championships, National Female Diversity Championships, Free Footy Festival, State Auskick Launch and AFL Community Camps involving six towns across the region over the past four years.”
“The growth of football and netball programs across the region, increased participation in school and female football and the lead role AFL Goulburn Murray has played in regards to revenue generation, League administrative cost reduction, facility development and collaborations and partnerships regarding important social responsibility issues such as family violence, crisis management, mental health, gambling and inclusion have all been legacies of Martin’s tenure.”
“On behalf of the Goulburn Murray Commission and the football and netball community in the region we wish Martin, Ratna and their young family all the best for the new opportunities that Cricket NSW will bring to them.”
In announcing his departure Gleeson acknowledged that it was a difficult decision to make to move on.
“When I reflect on my time in the Goulburn Murray I look back with great pride in some of the achievements across the journey.”
“I am very grateful to the Commission and AFL Victoria for the opportunity to work in an environment that I’m very passionate about and for their support over the past five years.”
“I am also extremely grateful to the Commissioners and AFL Goulburn Murray staff for their constant work and support and especially to staff for the work environment created in the office and in their continual preparedness to go above and beyond the call of duty to support their Leagues, clubs and volunteers.’
“Thank you especially to each of our partner Leagues and their board members for their cooperation and their often thankless leadership of their organisations always working in the best interests of their clubs.”
“Lastly, but most importantly, I would like to thank clubs and their volunteers for their work at the absolute coal face. One of the great strengths of our game at the grassroots level is the passion and pride people have for it and the work of the club volunteer is never completed and fortunately there are many talented and committed individuals who ensure their club is able to field football and netball teams each week.”
“The time is right for me to move on and I have been fortunate to make many friends and I look forward to keeping in touch and following games from afar.”