Footballers and netballers across the state will be aiming for zero this weekend as they throw their support behind the Transport Accident Commission’s Towards Zero round.
The TAC today joined presidents from the more than 1000 clubs participating in the inaugural Towards Zero round for its official launch at Marvel Stadium.
The round is part of the TAC’s 28-year partnership with AFL Victoria and is the first time the TAC has coordinated a fixture round.
TAC Acting Chief Executive Officer Bruce Crossett said he was impressed by the support the round had received from Victoria’s grassroots football and netball clubs.
“The participating clubs across the state have already started having crucial road safety conversations with their members and this weekend we’ll see those conversation shared with the wider community,” Mr Crossett said.
“We believe zero is the only acceptable number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, and this round is helping us educate Victorians on how they can help us achieve that,” he said.
As part of the round, football captains, and other players, will be wearing the number 0 instead of their usual jumper number. VFL, VFL Womens, netballers and junior footballers will also be involved by donning zero socks and temporary tattoos.
The TAC will also roll out a range of additional activities throughout the weekend.
Mr Crossett said Victoria’s grassroots footballers and netballers travel thousands of kilometres every season and having their support to improve road safety was crucial.
“Local football and netball clubs are at the centre of their communities and they can play an important role in ensuring every journey on our roads is a safe one,” he said.
The Towards Zero Round is a new approach by the TAC and AFL Victoria to engage the community and increase awareness about critical road safety issues. As part of this initiative, the TAC have also invested $300,000 in a community grants program.
To find out more about the Towards Zero Round and to see if your club is eligible to apply for the Community Grants Program visit aflvic.com.au