More than 100,000 country footballers and netballers across the state are set for battle from this weekend when sirens blare to launch the 2015 football and netball seasons.
WorkSafe Victoria, which has been naming rights sponsor of both AFL Country and the Victorian Country Netball League for more than a decade, is again proud to partner both leagues for the 2015 season.
Finance Minister Robin Scott MP said WorkSafe’s sponsorship of country football and netball was a core element in its strategy to raise the awareness of workplace health and safety in regional communities.
"Sponsoring regional football and netball allows WorkSafe to bring together Victorians' great passion for sport with its own passion to promote health and safety at work,” Mr Scott said.
“The local football ground is a social hub where communities gather to play sport and cheer on their teams, and there is no better place to connect with country people from all walks of life.”
Mr Scott said WorkSafe’s support for country football and netball was an ongoing investment in improving the lives of country Victorians.
“Victorians appreciate that WorkSafe’s sponsorship is contributing to the health and prosperity of country football and netball which, in turn, helps to support vibrant regional communities,” he said.
“As a result, game day provides WorkSafe with a friendly environment in which to engage with local people about workplace issues and to deliver important safety messages that matter to them.”
This year, in a sponsorship first, WorkSafe will use its eight Games of the Month to give fans the chance to create their own unique supporter badges and fridge magnets.
In a WorkSafe marquee at each Game of the Month, fans of the competing football and netball clubs will be able to have their photo taken and added to a badge or fridge magnet bearing the colours of their local team.
According to WorkSafe’s Acting Chief Executive Clare Amies, the badges and magnets aim to harness the passion of local fans for their team to help spread the workplace safety message even further.
“People of all ages meet at the footy ground and netball court to play and spectate. We hope these special badges and fridge magnets will encourage further conversations about the need to keep everyone - husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and mums and dads - safe at work,” Ms Amies said.
Supporters can have their badges and fridge magnets created at these WorkSafe Games of the Month:
19 April: Ocean Grove v Barwon Heads (Bellarine League)
3 May: Nullawil v Wandella (Golden Rivers)
17 May: Tooradin v Roc (Casey Cardinia)
31 May: Benalla Saints v Shepparton United (Goulburn Valley)
14 June: Tatyoon v Moyston Willaura (Mininera and District)
18 July: Thorpdale v Mirboo North (Mid Gippsland)
26 July: Wedderburn v Charlton (North Central)
9 August: Yarra Junction v Thornton Eildon (Yarra Valley – Division 2)
Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.