Whistles will blow and sirens will blare over the next few weeks to launch another exciting season of country football and netball action across the state.
And cheering on every player and supporter in every league will be WorkSafe Victoria, which once again is the official partner and naming rights sponsor of AFL Country Victoria and Netball Victoria.
WorkSafe is proud of its ongoing commitment to country football and netball, which stretches back more than a decade. This year, it has planned eight special Games of the Month in leagues across the state. These events centre on grudge matches between traditional club rivals and attract large crowds of fervent supporters.
This year, in a sponsorship first, WorkSafe will be bringing big screen technology to each Game of The Month. A special screen, which will arrive at each Game of the Month by semi-trailer, will flash up game-day scores, workplace safety messages, and pictures of local football and netball fans who pledge their support for workplace safety on the day.
WorkSafe’s sporting ambassadors, who are some of the biggest names in football and netball, will again be on hand to meet the locals, share their sporting stories and enjoy the big-day atmosphere.
As it has in previous years, WorkSafe’s Club Safety Fund will provide financial support for clubs who propose new initiatives to make players and supporters safer.
WorkSafe Chief Executive, Clare Amies, said partnering with AFL Country Victoria and Netball Victoria was an important part of its strategy to make country workplaces safer.
“These partnerships give WorkSafe the opportunity to spread the message about workplace safety to an incredible mix of country people from all walks of life,” Ms Amies said.
“Just as importantly, it allows us to make a genuine connection with people, businesses and communities around our state.
“Our vision is to see Victorian workers returning home safe every day, and our role is to help make workplaces safer. Through country football and netball, we share this vision with hundreds of thousands of Victorians every year. “
Ms Amies said that despite Victoria being the safest state in which to work, Victorians were still being injured each week.
“We have still got work to do. Through our partnerships with AFL Country Victoria and Netball Victoria we will continue to promote the workplace safety message to every country community.”
WorkSafe Games of the Month:
17 April: Rosedale v Cowwarr (North Gippsland Football League)
8 May: Nirranda v Panmure (Warrnambool)
29 May: Alpine Saints v Corowa-Rutherglen (Ovens and Murray)
5 June: Mt Pleasant v Colbinabbin (Heathcote)
19 June: Lake Boga v Woorinen (Central Murray)
24 July: Inverleigh v North Geelong (Geelong)
31 July: Buchan v Swan Reach (Omeo)
14 August: Newstead v Trentham (Maryborough- Castlemaine)
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.