Football Victoria have held their Annual General Meeting (AGM), where they inducted Karen Hocking as their latest Life Member.
The AGM by Football Victoria, coinciding with the release of the 2019 Annual Report, was held via video conference due to Covid-19 restrictions.
On Monday May 25th, the meeting was attended by over 50 Life Members and Members across the Victorian football community.
On the night, it was made official that Hocking would be inducted as a Life Member following the amount of work she has done over her lifetime.
Hocking has been the Shepparton Junior Association secretary for almost two decades – a driving force behind the growth of football throughout the Goulburn Valley region.
Her commitments for the game extend to managing SJSA Academy Player Development Program, being the Vice President of the Victorian Country Leagues Football Association and as the SJSA Registrations Officer.
Hocking’s passion for grassroots football and the tireless effort to make sure every child gets the opportunity to play they game they love has been formally recognised by Football Victoria as their inducted Life Member.
Speaking to Shepparton News, she praised her fellow team at SJSA as she receives this major honour.
“You don’t do it for accolades, it’s felt like much more of a team effort than an individual one,” she said.
“It’s really lovely to be recognised, but I feel the whole association deserves this award.”
Football Victoria’s 2019 Annual Report featured how they would respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, including it’s effect on the sport – a topic of discussion for Members on the night.
“Football Victoria will continue to work tirelessly on understanding the impact of the virus on all stakeholders in the community,” the member federation said.
“The Board thanked the Members, Life Members, our 355 clubs, coaches, referees, community volunteers and all who support football for their incredible contribution – especially during the challenging times we are all facing at the moment.”
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