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December 02, 2016

Goulburn Valley Football League clubs will have access to $10,000 for upgrades as part of a newly-established club facilities grants program.

The program was revealed at Wednesday night’s annual general meeting with funds allocated to institutions on a dollar matching basis to revitalise tired grounds and amenities.

Chairman David Roff was confident the additional funding would be advantageous for everyone and said the roll out would depend on the various projects highlighted by clubs.

‘‘Clubs are likely to attract more volunteers by giving them better facilities to work in and providing better amenities for spectators should draw bigger crowds,’’ he said.

‘‘The league has identified $120,000 to be placed in a separate investment and shared between clubs which they will have access to at any stage.’’

Money is expected to go towards upgrades to change rooms to accommodate for female footballers, new scoreboards and upgrades to kitchens and other amenities.

Mr Roff was re-elected to the board unopposed alongside Phillip Freidlieb and former Shepparton Swans Secretary Rhonda Kortum has joined the committee for 2017.

The board has remained largely the same, aside from the departure of Braydon Aitken, while Grant Wilson has confirmed he will be continuing his tenure into next year as League Operations Manager.

The league will re-examine its coverage of finals for next season with this year’s gate takings well below expected, down $20,000.

Live streaming and poor weather may have played a hand at the devastating figures, however Mr Roff assured the league remained in a healthy financial state.

‘‘It’s something we’ll have to think about for next season,’’ Roff said.

‘‘As it stands we have assets of $358,000 and liabilities of $600 and have modelled a cash flow of $120,000 over the next year or two.

‘‘There’s still discussions over whether the finals will remain the same for 2018 or whether we look at changing the top six to five.’’

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