Community Awards

2023 AFL Victoria Community Awards - Winners

Nabil Yassine (third from left) - winner of both the Victorian and national categories of the AFL Diversity Ambassador Award
Outstanding contributors to grassroots football across Victoria were recognised at the annual AFL Victoria Community Football Awards, held on Friday, October 20 at Ikon Park. 

Australian football is driven by volunteers, coaches, umpires and administrators who are the heartbeat of the local game. Tens of thousands of people in Victoria dedicate significant time and effort towards ensuring the success of their clubs and communities.

Two Victorian state winners honoured were also winners of the overall national awards for their categories - Nabil Yassine (AFL Diversity Ambassador) and Rochester Football Netball Club (Community Club of the Year).

Congratulations to all award winners on your well-deserved honours:

AFL Diversity Ambassador (National and Vic winner)
Nabil Yassine (Essendon District Football League)

AFL Community Club of the Year (National and Vic winner)
Rochester Football Netball Club (Goulburn Valley Football League)

Toyota AFL Young Leader of the Year (Vic)
Tayla Bolzon (Bundoora Football Netball Club - Northern Football Netball League)

Toyota AFL Community Volunteer of the Year (Vic) - Metro
Warren Fall (VAFA)

WorkSafe Community Volunteer of the Year - Country
Ian Howard (AFL Goulburn Murray / Goulburn Valley League)

AFL Victoria Development Umpire Coach - Male
Frank Marklew (AFL Wimmera Mallee)

AFL Victoria Development Umpire Coach - Female
Sarah Donlon (South Metro Junior Football League Umpires)

AFL Victoria Community Umpire Manager of the Year
Scott Van Noordennen (Eastern Football Netball League)

Greg Sidebottom Memorial Umpire Coach of the Year
Colin Hood (AFL Barwon)

AFL School Teacher of the Year - Male (Vic)
Mark Robinson (Glen Waverley Secondary School)

David Parkin Junior Coach of the Year (7-12) - Joint winners
Michael Giarrusso (Rosebud Junior Football Club)
Dan Mackay (East Brighton Vampires)

Stan Alves Youth Coach of the Year (13-18)
David Bennett (Berwick Springs Junior Football Club)

AFL School Teacher of the Year - Female (Vic)
Treesje Butterworth (Mount Pleasant Primary School)

Peta Searle Female Coach of the Year
Sam Herron (Seymour JFC)

Gerard Fitzgerald Senior Coach of the Year
Olivia Crowe (Glen Eira)

AFL Disability Inclusion Volunteer (Vic)
Peter Fisher (Mazenod Old Collegians)

NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer Award (Vic)
Gabrielle Kleyn (AFLSE - Cranbourne West Auskick Centre)

AFL Victoria Merit Award Winner
Kevin Johnson (Ellinbank Eagles)

Golden Whistle Award
Jack Seymour (VAFA)

Check out our Facebook post for pictures of individual winners: