Booming year for AFL in Bundaberg

AFL: Leaguies beware, Bundaberg has become a battleground in the war of the codes.

Rugby league’s rival AFL recorded a 5% participation growth across the league-orientated Wide Bay region this year with more than 4500 players participating in AFL across the region.

That includes players who have competed in junior, youth, senior, veteran, women’s, Auskick, school and recreational football.

AFL Queensland CEO Richard Griffiths is particularly pleased, with the results of the census, highlighting the Wide Bay region as a key area for the sport’s future.

“It is a fantastic achievement to have over 4500 participants from what is classified as a regional part of Queensland,” Griffiths said.

“A lot of the credit has to go to the volunteers and supporters at the clubs as well as the hard-working AFL Queensland employees in the Wide Bay office.”

The Wide Bay boost helped AFL participation in Queensland surge past the 100,000 mark for the first time.

The sport had an increase of more than 20% in metropolitan areas such as Brisbane and Gold Coast.

“The next few years will go a long way to shaping the continued growth of AFL in Queensland,” Griffiths said.

“We are very excited to see the positive effect that the Gold Coast Football Club will have on the state in the not too distant future.”

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