Volunteering

2019 Northern Territory Volunteer of the Year Awards

The AFL Volunteer of the Year Program is a volunteer recognition program which commenced as part of the Australian Football 150 years celebration rewarding outstanding volunteers who have given notable voluntary service to Australian Football.

The volunteer may have contributed to the completion of a major or significant project throughout the year or they may be someone who has contributed in a number of roles over a long period. 

Any league or club is invited to nominate any outstanding volunteers for one the AFL State/Territory Volunteer of the Year across any of the following categories:

AFL Community Football National Volunteer of the Year

The AFL Community Football National Volunteer of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a volunteer within the grassroots environment of local football in their local community.

The following criteria will be used to assess nominations:

  • Must have given notable voluntary service with a Community Club, League or Region (or any combination thereof) within Community Football.
  • Must be a willing, voluntary contributor, having received no income from football (NB honoraria expected).
  • Must be an ambassador for the game at Community Football level, who acts and works for the best interest of the game in general without ever bringing the game in to disrepute.
  • Those making nominations should make no more than one nomination.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Community Football Volunteer can be accessed here.

NAB AFL Auskick National Volunteer of the Year

The NAB AFL Auskick National Volunteer of the year award recognises the outstanding work of volunteers within the Auskick community.

The following criteria will be used to assess nominations and select state and territory winners:

  • Promotes Auskick values of fun, inclusion and enthusiasm.
  • Volunteers on a consistent basis and shows excellent initiative in helping deliver awesome experiences for participants.
  • Actively promotes other parents and carers to become involved in the Auskick community.
  • Effectively communicates with relevant stakeholders including participants, other volunteers, community figures, AFL staff.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer can be accessed here.

AFL Diversity National Ambassador of the Year

The AFL Diversity National Ambassador of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a volunteer that has been able to promote inclusion for Multicultural and/or Indigenous Communities in Australian Rules football. The volunteer may identify as being from a Multicultural or Indigenous background, however this is not a requirement of the award.

The criteria will judge candidates ability to engage Multicultural and/or Indigenous Communities through Australian Rules Football via the following points:

  • Support pathways for Multicultural and/or Indigenous participants to Play, Coach or Umpire in our game.
  • Promote AFL to Multicultural and/or Indigenous Communities, including Cultural Festivals and AFL match day experiences.
  • Provide the AFL with advice around best practice to work with Multicultural and/or Indigenous groups.
  • Promote a healthy Club/League culture which provides a fair, safe and inclusive environment for all.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Diversity Ambassador category can be accessed here.

AFL Primary and Secondary School National Ambassador of the Year

The AFL School National Ambassador of the year award recognises the outstanding work of volunteers within schools in promoting Australian Rules Football.

The following criteria will be used to assess nominations and select state and territory winners:

  • Must be a registered AFL School Ambassador.
  • Actively promotes Australian Rules Football both on and off field within the school community.
  • Uses creative initiatives to encourage diverse participation in Australian Rules Football - Playing, Umpiring, Club/Brand Engagement.
  • Connects with AFL products/staff - FDM's, SSP, Clinics, School visits, AFL 9's.
  • Promotes AFL values of inclusion, game progression and teamwork.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Primary and Secondary Ambassador categories can be accessed here.

AFL Disability Inclusion National Volunteer of the Year

The AFL Disability Inclusion National Volunteer of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a volunteer in promoting the inclusion of People with Disability in football. The volunteer may identify as having a disability themselves however that is not a requirement of the award.

The following criteria, as it relates to the inclusion of People with Disability in football will be used to assess nominations:

  • Positive impact on club/organisation e.g. membership, financial viability, new programs implemented, major events conducted etc.
  • Examples of leading initiatives, displaying teamwork, driving innovation, and exercising exceptional leadership.
  • Mentoring of new volunteers, players and/or club members.
  • Promoting a healthy club/League culture which provides a fair, safe, and inclusive environment.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Disability Inclusion Ambassador category can be accessed here.

AFL National Junior Coach of the Year

The AFL National Junior Coach of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a coach who works within a junior football environment in community football.

The following criteria will be used to assess nominations:

  • Must be an accredited member of CoachAFL in good standing.
  • Must have a current coaching role in either a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Club Coaching Coordinator/Director capacity.
  • Must display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, officials, parents and spectators and be a role model for community.
  • Must demonstrate sound understanding of modern coaching principles and is engaged in ongoing learning and development.
  • Those making nominations should make no more than one nomination.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Junior Coach of the Year category can be accessed here.

AFL National Senior Coach of the Year

The AFL National Senior Coach of the Year award recognises the outstanding work of a coach who works within a senior football environment in community football.

The following criteria will be used to assess nominations:

  • Must be an accredited member of CoachAFL in good standing.
  • Must have a current coaching role in either a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Club Coaching Coordinator/Director capacity.
  • Must display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, officials, parents and spectators and be a role model for community.
  • Stays up to date with the principles of coaching and skill development and is engaged in ongoing learning and development.
  • Those making nominations should make no more than one nomination.

The nomination link for the Northern Territory AFL Senior Coach of the Year category can be accessed here.

Each State and Territory will evaluate the nominations and ultimately will determine their State/Territory Volunteer of the Year in each of the above nominated award categories.   

State/Territory Volunteer Category Award winner prize

  • Invitation to the Toyota Good for Footy AFL National Volunteer Awards held in Melbourne during May 2020 for the State/Territory Volunteer Award winners of each category + guest
  • Return flights (Except Victoria) for the State/Territory Volunteer Award winners of each category + guest
  • Accommodation in Melbourne for 2 nights 

National Volunteer Category Award winner prize

  • Tickets to the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final (GFAFL19/76) for the AFL National Volunteer Award winners of each category + guest
  • Return flights (except Victoria) for the AFL National Volunteer Award winners of each category + guest
  • Accommodation for 3 nights (Thurs – Sat) in Melbourne for 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final weekend
  • The opportunity to walk in the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade
  • Pre and post 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final functions 

When completing the online nomination form, please use the general information field to provide a full and comprehensive history of the volunteer’s service.  Past involvement with clubs, other than the nominating club should be detailed.  All details should be provided via the online nomination form.  Attachments cannot be included.

Nominations closing date:

  • Nominations must be submitted online by COB Wednesday 31 July.
  • Late submissions will not be considered

2018 Northern Territory Volunteer of the Year Program

The AFL Volunteer of the Year Program is a volunteer recognition program which commenced as part of the Australian Football 150 years celebration rewarding seven outstanding volunteers with a trip of lifetime for them and a partner.

Congratulations to Jamie Barry, 2018 NT Volunteer of the Year!  

From everyone at AFLNT, congratulations Jamie! 

Get involved with junior footy!

There are a number of ways you can get involved with AFLNT’s junior football programs and we are always looking for volunteers.
Without volunteers, our programs would not be able to run.

Help run an Auskick Centre

NAB AFL Auskick is AFL’s introductory program for boys and girls aged 5 – 8.
Centre Coordinators and coaches help run the Auskick sessions with games and skill activities with the aim to maximise fun and inclusion.
For more information on Auskick visit http://www.aflauskick.com.au/ or e-mail nab.auskick@afl.com.au

Be Rewarded

Apart from the reward from the children’s faces, there are some great prizes for AFL volunteers including the chance to win the AFL State Volunteer of the Year award!