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Nominations for the Jill Lindsay Scholarship are now open.

Scholarship Background

Jill Lindsay was the AFL’s longest serving employee having completed 41 years at the AFL in various roles including VFL Park Match Day Manager and VFL Membership Manager before being appointed Grounds Operations Manager in 1991. On February 7, 2011, Jill passed away after losing her battle with cancer.

In recognition of Jill’s outstanding service the AFL Commission created the annual Jill Lindsay Scholarship to be awarded to the female graduate with the most potential who has come through the AFL SportsReady program and currently working in the AFL industry.

Scholarship Prize

The Jill Lindsay Scholarship is awarded to the female graduate with the most potential to come through the AFL SportsReady program. The successful candidate is awarded $20,000 to assist further education and a laptop computer.

In addition, Andi Pert, an HR consultant specializing in leadership development and executive coaching, will mentor the recipient of the Jill Lindsay Scholarship for 12 months.

Previous winners of the Jill Lindsay Scholarship include;

• Chelsea Randall from the Swan District Football Club in 2016
• Emily Wastle from AFL Queensland in 2015
• Emily Buysen from the North Melbourne Football Club in 2014
• Lauren Byrnes from AFL SportsReady in 2013 and 
• Hayley Robinson from the AFL Umpires Association in 2012


The contribution of women is critical to the development and growth of the game and we want to not only recognise female leaders currently involved in the AFL industry, but to also encourage women to pursue a pathway in Australian football.

Women are eligible to apply if they are currently working in the AFL industry and completed an AFL SportsReady traineeship. The nominee can be any female that has graduated from the AFL SportsReady program since the program’s inception.

Nomination Process

To nominate, applicants are required to complete the nomination form and address the selection criteria. Representatives from the AFL and AFL SportsReady will form the panel to select the 2017 Jill Lindsay scholarship winner.

Download the nomination form and selection criteria pdfhere.

Nominations close on Tuesday 9th June with the winner announced at the 2017 AFL Women’s Lunch on Friday 30th June.

For more information and/or to submit an application, please contact:

Fiona Hawes
National Marketing and Communications Manager, SportsReady
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (03) 8413 3538