SANFL Community Football Developing Leaders

The Developing Leaders Program is a leadership and education program designed to empower leaders to build, develop and grow the sustainability of local football clubs and communities.

Running since 2017, the SANFL Community Football Developing Leaders program provides participants with comprehensive insights and education into developing a healthy club culture, as well as strategies to engage and support volunteers. The program enables participants to expand their networks and creates an environment of collaboration and information sharing.

Program partner Leading Teams will facilitate workshops on culture change, as well as leadership and team development. Leading Teams is passionate about implementing sustainable programs  of change with organisations of all sizes in all industries.  They believe that they can help any given team to become high performing.

Previous participant testimonials

  • The Developing Leaders course was a fantastic program. It really opens your eyes to the inner working of clubs and their people and how to get the best out of everyone.
  •  The program allows you to look outside your own club and learn and understand where and how you can improve in a supportive and constructive manner. Engaging with others with common challenges allows for growth and a different perspective.
  •  Great to have the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts with a group of likeminded people, whose passion and willingness to volunteer helps inspire others.
  •  I found the program excellent in that it introduced resources, new ideas, new ways of thinking by using experts and the interaction of the participants. There was a certain camaraderie between participants as we shared successes, challenges and ideas each with the aim to improve their club.

The 2019 program will be conducted over three sessions.

Date Time Venue
Sunday May 19 9:00am to 4:00pm* Adelaide Oval
Sunday August 4 10:00am to 3:00pm TBA
Sunday October 26 10:00am to 3:00pm TBA

*incorporates AFL Match – Port Adelaide v Gold Coast (12:40pm bounce)
All times are approximate and may be subject to change.

Program Cost
$100.00 (inclusive of GST).

Program Benefits

  • All course materials
  • Support from Leading Teams facilitator and SANFL staff
  • Access to online discussion group to share information and experiences
  • Meals and refreshments at all sessions, including ticket and corporate hospitality at an AFL match
  • Introduction to key stakeholders in SA Football


SANFL actively seeks diversity and recognises the many benefits of diverse leadership in football clubs.  Applications are welcome from any individual currently serving as a Community Football Club President, Committee Member or emerging leaders within the community looking to make a difference.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 24 April. Applicants will be notified of their inclusion in the program on Monday 29 April.

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