EFL, NTJFA and STJFL Partnerships

Hawthorn Football Club is working closely with the Eastern Football League, Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association and the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League to provide unique experiences and opportunities that will help increase the standard of coaches, players and leaders within the leagues and association.

Eastern Football League

The Eastern Football League (EFL) is the club's official Community Grassroots Partner.

The official launch of the partnership took place in March, 2015 at the EFL’s annual Coaches Forum in front of 44 EFL senior coaches and staff held at the Ricoh Centre, Waverley Park.

Hawks assistant coach Brett Ratten was joined by Box Hill Senior Coach and Hawthorn Development coach Marco Bello, who gave those in attendance an inner sanctum insight into coaching methods at the highest level. They were joined by EFL umpires boss and former AFL umpire Darren Goldspink who gave coaches an idea of what to expect in 2015.

Hawthorn and the EFL work closely together to strengthen community and grassroots football in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Coaches forums are just one example of how the EFL and Hawthorn come together to create better standards at grassroots level. Other activities include junior clinics, Hawks match-day experiences and leadership/mentoring sessions with Hawks players.

The Eastern Football League has a rich history which stretches back to the 1900’s and is now the largest Australian football competition in Australia in terms of player participation. Currently there are 44 senior and 34 junior clubs in competition.

If you or your children are interested in joining a club in the Eastern Football League please contact enquiries@efl.org.au or phone 03 9762 5766 to find your nearest club. For more information on the Eastern Football League visit their website.

Follow the Eastern Football League on Twitter, @footyefl.

Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association

Formed in 1975, the NTJFL provides a competition for around 1600 children from under 9’s to under 16’s, the competition is made up of 11 Clubs and 66 teams.

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football Association

The STJFL was formed in 1995 and comprises 20 clubs which fielded 183 teams and over 3500 participants in season 2014. The STJFL comprises competition from U8 through to U18s.

The STJFL is the largest football competition provider in Tasmania covering Tasmania south of Oatlands. Most STJFL clubs also facilitate Auskick centres.