AFL Hunter Central Coast appoints new Competition Manager

AFL NSW/ACT and the AFL Hunter Central Coast board is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Brown as the league’s new Community Football and Competition Manager.

Many in the region would know Mrs Brown as AFL NSW/ACT’s Umpiring Coordinator, ACT and Regional NSW which she has performed since 2018, managing six leagues. Her passion for the sport extends beyond the past five years. She has been a lifelong football fan and has umpired Australian football since 2002.

Emily Brown is the first woman to be AFL Hunter Central Coast’s Community Football and Competition Manager. She will lead one of the oldest Australian football competitions in the country alongside the Board’s Chair, Kim Sweetnam, who is the first woman to Chair the competition.

Ms Sweetnam said of Mrs Brown’s appointment: “Em’s well-known to many across AFL Hunter Central Coast and is well respected for her passion, leadership and professionalism. Already deeply connected to our community, I am confident Em will bring a new level of enthusiasm and strategic thinking to the role of Community Football and Competition Manager.”

AFL NSW/ACT’s Community Football Manager, John Boulous, was equally buoyant about Ms Brown starting her new role: “Successful community football competitions run on consistency, communication and strong communities. Through her years at AFL NSW/ACT, Emily has shown she’s a terrific communicator who applies a methodical approach to all she does. She also has a deep knowledge of the footy landscape in the region which will serve her and the league well. I’m so pleased Em’s taken this role to see the already strong AFL Hunter Central Coast competition get even better.”

Mrs Brown and the AFL Hunter Central Coast will be supported by Competition Coordinator, Josh Horvath.


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