AFL Tasmania has announced the appointment of Andrew Dykes as its new community football manager.
Dykes arrives from Communities, Sport and Recreation, where he was a project manager, having previously worked in high performance and management roles at Cricket Tasmania for 14 years, including the management of game development and talent pathways.
The 46-year-old will oversee the operation of all Tasmanian community football leagues and clubs, with a focus on developing strategies to grow the game.
Hobart-born Dykes played 18 matches in a first-class career with Tasmania from 1998 to 2001, scoring 811 runs at 27.96 with a top score of 153.
AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires said the recruitment was a big coup for Tasmanian community football.
“It is exciting to welcome Andrew to the team,” Squires said.
“Andrew is a fantastic fit for this important leadership role and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge after working in a variety of areas during his time at Cricket Tasmania and Communities, Sport and Recreation.
“The growth and development of football within Tasmania relies on strong foundations at the community level, and I know Andrew is looking forward to working with the broader Tasmanian football community to further strengthen our great game.”