Money... ruining local football
Having been involved in grass roots football for three years before stepping up into my role with the Werribee Football Club, there is an issue which is often ignored by both league administators and Football Victoria.
It's the issue of money being used to buy a premiership and to put it quite simply, money is ruining local and country football all over Australia not just here in Victoria.
What ever happened to the idea of playing for the love of the game?
With the ridiculous amounts of money involved in football at both local and country level, the idea of playing for the love of the game has been virtually thrown out the window and as result, some clubs which have been force to fold due to not being able to compete with the richer clubs.
There are players who live in Melbourne, but play football for country clubs and being compensated with petrol money is fair enough but being paid to play at the grass roots level totally goes against what this sort of is all about, which is mates and community amongst other things.
It's all well and good for football clubs to be interested in winning premierships, but surely signing an ex AFL player or something along those lines won't exactly ensure that you win a premiership. It makes me laugh to think that some clubs actually think that by spending such large amounts of money will actually win them a premiership.
Nothing is further from the truth.
Some clubs have been known to pay these players amounts upwards of $1500, surely this would be placing strain on a club's finances if they are not exactly a rich club which can afford to also be a licensed one with poker machines and a bistro or bar which acts as another line of income.
It now comes across as if you don't you have large sums of money and/or alternatives to generate it, you are simply going to struggle to be competitive because you can't secure the signatures of ex AFL or state league players.
Within Victoria, Football Victoria and the VCFL needs to seriously discuss this issue with everyone concearned as it is just going of control, it's ruining football at the grass roots level regardless of where the clubs are.