AFL WESTERN District commercial and operations manager Matt Ross is calling for clubs to plan ahead due to the uncertain future of the sport in the region.
A memo sent to leagues, clubs and key stakeholders about the impact of COVID-19 outlined AFLWD had followed the AFL and AFL Victoria in restructuring its business operations for the ongoing viability of the sport.
This meant many of AFLWD's staff will be temporarily stood down from March 30 until May 31.
Operations coordinators Mike Farrow and Bel Jones, football development managers Jock Whiting and Alicia Drew, finance manager and club development officer Tim Mason and director of umpiring Jock Hilgrove are the impacted team members.
Ross said it was disappointing to have to let six colleagues go when AFLWD was heading in a positive direction.
"It's a real shame as we were hoping to be kicking lots of goals this season," he said.
"The Hampden league was preparing to film every game and we were doing some good work with our umpiring associations and with our sponsors to drive digital channels and it is really a shame that all if it has to be put on ice."
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Ross will continue but with a reduced working week of three days where he will assist clubs in surviving the lockdown, which is in place until May 31.
Ross asked clubs to plan ahead in case competitions are unable to resume in June.
"The reality is that we may not get seasons in at all," he said.
"Some sponsors have already felt the impact on their businesses and we need to plan for the worse with no games, no sponsorship and no social functions.
"That's actually a big reality and we have to look into scenarios for the future."
The postponement of the region's six competitions is expected to be reviewed in mid-April.
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