The Werribee Football Club has been given a boost to help it recover from the impact of the pandemic and thrive in the restructured VFL competition.

Member for Werribee announced that the Werribee Tigers had scored a $130,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Strengthening Victoria’s AFL Development Pathways Program.

The near $1 million program is helping nine Victorian clubs to manage the extra costs of staying COVIDSafe and playing games in New South Wales and Queensland as part of the expanded competition.

Funding of $130,000 has been granted to the six stand-alone VFL clubs, also including Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne and Williamstown. Funding of $65,000 has been granted to three AFL-affiliated VFL clubs Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons and Sandringham.

Victoria’s VFL clubs have been significantly impacted by the cancellation of the 2020 VFL season and disruption to the 2021 season because of necessary health restrictions.

This funding will help the Werribee Football Club and other Victorian VFL clubs with the interstate travel costs required as part of the restructured competition, and the costs of staying COVID Safe.

The new VFL competition is designed to enhance the pathway to the AFL for players, coaches and administrators along the east coast, optimising opportunities for participants to reach their potential.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The Werribee Tigers have a long and famous history and are a much-loved part of the community.”

“This support will help the club stay COVIDSafe and thrive in the expanded VFL competition to the benefit of local players, volunteers and supporters.”