Your Club update October 2023 | Tasmanian Football Club
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Your Club update October 2023

From the Chair, Grant O’Brien

21 October 2023

Dear Believer,

I’d like to thank you once again for all your passion and support. As we start to build our Club, we want to keep you in the loop on all the latest news and developments, and will be introducing a regular update following our Board meetings, and other significant moments on our journey.

Here is what’s new and what’s next for your Club.

A big month

Since appointing the Board in September, we’ve focused on the key tasks that lie ahead in forming your Club. As well as the sporting side of things, sub-committees have been formed around infrastructure, fan and community engagement, people and finance, and governance.

Work has kicked off in all of these sub-committees, with the key areas of their initial focus being the fan and community engagement, and infrastructure areas. We are currently planning a range of activities to get your say into our Club development and launch, this will include a series of Club community events with Jack Riewoldt. More information will be provided about these in the coming weeks.

Our second Board meeting took place on Monday 16 October in Hobart, it was great for the Board to be back together again. During this meeting we talked about our purpose as a Board, as well as focusing on the progress for each work stream. At the same time, we identified the resources we’ll need to support the Board over the busy months ahead to make sure we deliver what is required.

We have two more Board meetings scheduled between now and the end of the year, including one on the North-West Coast. We are committed to maintaining and accelerating the momentum that has been created.

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Believers From the Beginning

Last month, we released a commemorative merch pack including an official certificate, badge, bumper sticker and wrist band. Sales exceeded our expectations, and your orders will start arriving in the next four weeks.

We’re especially proud to be collaborating with Tas Textiles for the creation of the scarf. They have been making quality knitwear since 1946, and support Tasmanians with intellectual disabilities to experience independence and meaningful employment.

It’s not too late to purchase this limited edition merch here.

Club memberships

Footy fans have been asking when memberships will be available, this is something that we are actively working on to have ready for all of you. We can confirm that these will go on sale before the start of the next season.

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Progress on Hobart’s new arts, entertainment and sport precinct

It’s been a big and important week for one of the key elements of our Club, the facility where our Hobart games will be played.

It was especially encouraging to see that the precinct plan was lodged for Macquarie Point this week.

Another important achievement was the Project of State Significance order passing through the lower house of Parliament. This will oversee the planning processes for the arts, entertainment and sports precinct at Macquarie Point.

Additionally, an alternative stadium proposal, which includes substantial private investment, was made public this week which is creating comment and discussion. We look forward to learning more about this proposal.

We have also been amazed by the level of support generated by the Yes AFL Team, Yes Stadium campaign. It’s been so inspiring to see bumper stickers and billboards popping up all over the state.

As was clearly outlined in the Taskforce work that was undertaken, Tasmania cannot have the Club it deserves without a new stadium precinct in Hobart and an upgraded UTAS Stadium in Launceston. Our existing venues do not have sufficient capacity for success, nor do they have facilities to support a thriving and financially sustainable club. The Blundstone Arena in Hobart has just over 12,000 seats, that is 11,000 less than we need and that ground cannot be expanded. Simply put, we need to dream and build bigger if we are to have the world-class facilities that the game, our Club and its fans deserve.

Training and Administration update

The Club’s Training and Administration facility is a high infrastructure priority for the Board. We continue to work to identify a suitable location to create a training facility that will provide our athletes with the experience and training they need to win on the field. We also want to create a space for the community to engage with the Club. As soon as we have more information to share, we will update you on this important development.

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Tassie wins first Inclusion Carnival title

Congratulations to the Tasmanian Devils, who have returned home from the 2023 Toyota AFL National Inclusion Carnival, trophy in hand. Our players defeated South Australia in a nail-biting final held in Brisbane last Friday.

This is a huge victory for the Tassie team, which is made up of our best male footballers with intellectual disabilities. 16 points behind at half time, the team rallied, and scored the winning goal with a minute left.

I want to personally extend our congratulations to the on-field team and off-field staff who made this win a reality, this is an outstanding achievement for all involved. Great work, Devils!

Until next time

We’ll be in touch again next month after our November Board meeting. Don’t forget to spread the word and encourage your friends to sign up at believetasmanian.com.au to hear about all Club news and updates. In the meantime, check our website and all our social channels to stay across all that is happening.

All the best,

Grant O’Brien

Chair