League faces committee seat crisis

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser
The WKJFL might have to hang up the boots this year after discovering nine of its ten vital committee seats were vacant.
Camera IconThe WKJFL might have to hang up the boots this year after discovering nine of its ten vital committee seats were vacant.

The West Kimberley Junior Football League has pushed the panic button after discovering nine of its 10 vital committee seats are vacant ahead of a planned annual general meeting this month.

The league, which manages about 376 Year 4-12 footballers in Broome and is run by volunteers, has put out a call for help from the community after only 11 people attended an annual general meeting on March 1.

Another AGM is scheduled to elect office bearers at Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre’s multi-purpose room on March 22 at 5.30pm.

The meeting will be supervised by the Western Australian Football Commission, and is arranged to coincide with the start of a coaching course from 5.30pm, which is mandatory for all coaches.

The group’s sole committee member and treasurer, Robyn Bailey, said without a committee, there would be no junior football in 2017, and she urged anyone interested to apply for the vacant positions.

“The outgoing committee have worked tirelessly to create a structure and framework to ensure a fair and equal competition runs smoothly,” she said. “A database has been created, templates have been made — we urge anyone who is interested in seeing junior football continue in Broome to attend.”

The league receives players from across Broome, each paying a fee of $100, who are then registered into an AFL database and divided into teams from Towns, Saints, Bulls, Cable Beach and other clubs.

“As communication is the key to success, it is imperative that we get a representative from each club,” Ms Bailey said.

At the time of print, the league was short a president, secretary, registrar, four delegates for each club, a match day co-ordinator and an umpire co-ordinator.

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