The AFL Players’ Association has more than 4,000 past players as Alumni members.
These Alumni members with access to a range of benefits and services to recognise the contribution that past players have made to the game.
THE ALUMNI PROGRAM FOCUSES ON PROVIDING SUPPORT VIA THE FOLLOWING:
Health and Wellbeing
AFL players often leave the game with a range of physical and sometimes metal issues. Included in the membership package is access to complimentary Wellbeing Consultations, concussion support, doctors networks and the AFL Players’ Injury and Hardship Fund (scroll down for more information).
Alumni members all have access to the services of qualified financial advisors, who have extensive experience in both the football industry and the business world. As a member, you’ll have access to the AFL Players’ and AFL Superannuation Fund and the Player Retirement Scheme.
Past Players can access Education and Training Grants (E&T) for up to three years post retirement or delistment. These grants may be used for university studies, TAFE courses, short courses and licences.
Past players continuing their connection and affinity with the industry is a major focus of the Alumni program, with members eligible to access MCG game day events, the annual Madden Medal event and Alumni golf events.
AFL PLAYERS’ INJURY AND HARDSHIP FUND
This fund represents one of the most significant benefits for past players in the history of the AFL Players’ Association and positions AFL football as a code that prioritizes the health of its athletes. The direction of more than $4 million of the players’ share of industry revenue per year demonstrates the desire of current AFL players to look after those who laid the foundations for our great game. In particular, this fund aims to support players who transition out of the game with career ending injuries, and those who need longer-term medical support, or suffer illness or financial hardship through retirement.
Lifetime Health Care
Players can access up to $8000 to cover treatment costs for joint injuries and dental procedures related to football.
Players who exit the game due to an injury that prevents them from playing football at senior level in any other competition again are eligible for a payment based on their age and the base value of the final year of their standard playing contract.
Delisted Injury Player Payment
Players who are unable to work immediately following their delisting due to an injury can access one month’s pay at the average Australian wage.
Past Player Hardship
Grants may be directed to players who experience hardship due to injury, illness or wellbeing issues.
Hospital Excess Reimbursement
Reimbursement of $500 to cover excess following a hospital stay.
Contact Tim Harrington (email@example.com or 0419 152 411 ) for Lifetime Health Care, Past Player Hardship and Hospital Excess Reimbursement. Senior Legal Counsel Laura Sigal (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 008 821) is the primary contact for Delisted Injury Player Payment and Football-Ending Injury claims.
ALUMNI MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY
Former players who played at least one senior AFL game receive access to all our services, plus a range of lifetime benefits.
Joining the AFL Players’ Association as a past player member is a one-off payment that gives past players lifetime membership. For recently retired or delisted players, membership cost is the same as a listed AFL player. This amount is deducted from your retirement fund.
For further information, please contact Tim Harrington:
Head of Alumni