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Supporting AFL Victoria and safer club canteens

2022 ESV Canteen Hero award


2022 Canteen Hero announced


Our winner is Julie Saunders from the Crib Point Football Netball Club

Read the announcement HERE.


We also congratulate our 8 wonderful finalists – read their stories here!


Julie’s club canteen will receive $1000 for new, safer gas and electrical appliances. Apparently she’s buying a new oven.




32 footy clubs to be safer with $30,421 in grants awarded in 2022

2022 is the fifth year of ESV’s Safer Canteens grants program. This year, ESV is supporting 32 football-netball clubs across Victoria to replace old, unsafe and energy inefficient fridges, bain maries, stoves, pie warmers, steamers and fryers.

Our 2022 Canteen Grants recipient clubs are listed below.

The Safer Canteens campaign has now delivered more than $150,000 since 2018, helping 163 club canteens upgrade electrical and gas appliances.

ESV’s grants program promotes energy safety at a grass roots level, highlighting risks including:

  • Electrocutions caused by non-electricians trying to do their own electrical work.
  • Fires caused by poorly maintained BBQ gas bottles.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty open flued gas heaters.

This year, we are once again providing Victorian grassroots football clubs Be Sure Safer Canteens grants of up to $1,000 to upgrade old and potentially dangerous gas and electrical canteen appliances. We will contribute another $30,000 to support local, regional and suburban community football, which is more important than ever, following the impact of COVID-19 during 2020 and 2021.

2022 resources

2022 Safer Canteens grants recipient’s

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The community football and netball clubs listed below will be receiving an Energy Safe Victoria Safer Canteens grant in 2022.

There are 32 clubs are spread across 21 football leagues with 20 regional clubs and 12 metro clubs in the mix.

Club name Grant received
Boisdale Briagolong Football Netball Club $899.00
Cora Lynn Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Dandenong West Football and Netball Club $1,000.00
Devon Meadows Junior Football Club $1,000.00
Dromana Football and Netball Club $1,000.00
Edithvale-Aspendale Junior Football Club $899.00
Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Glenroy Sports Club $1,000.00
Lalor Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Leongatha Football Netball Club $786.28
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Montmorency Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Mordialloc Redbacks Junior Football Club $1,000.00
Murchison-Toolamba Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Narre Warren Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Panton Hill Football Club $1,000.00
Parkside Football Club $1,000.00
Port Fairy Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Redan Football Netball Club $702.00
Rye Junior Football Club $1,000.00
Seaford Football Netball Club $800.00
Skipton Football Netball Club $900.00
Sorrento Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Southern Mallee Giants Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Spotswood Football Club $1,000.00
Stawell Warriors football netball club $1,000.00
Swinburne Univeristy Amateur Football Club $935.00
Wallan Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Wallan Junior Football Club $1,000.00
Werribee Centrals Sport & Youth Club Inc $500.00
Wodonga Football & Netball Club $1,000.00
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club $1,000.00
Total 2022 grants funds $30,421



Energy Safe Victorian Blind Football League (VBFL)

ESV is also delighted to announce that in 2022 we are once again the sole sponsor of the Victorian Blind Football League, contributing $15,000 towards this community sport, which promotes fitness, fun and inclusion, enhances life skills and provides a sense of belonging for vision impaired Victorians. This is our second year as sole sponsor.

The opening round of the Energy Safe VBFL 2022 season was on Saturday 7th May, with the first round being Bulldogs v Hawthorn and Bombers v St Kilda. Keep up to date on the latest at the Energy Safe VBFL Facebook page.

The competitors in this sport are inspirational. Melanie Edge, the Hawthorn Captain was previously featured in the Vic Health “This girl can” campaign: watch her inspiring video.

We hope our support will help this new sport develop and grow.

Read more about ESV’s support of VBFL.

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About the Safer Canteens grants program

In 2018, we developed the ESV Safer Canteens grants program in partnership with AFL Victoria, to directly support local clubs financially, and raise awareness and understanding about energy safety at a community level.

Over the past four years, 479 applications have been received and $120,000 in grant funds have been handed out to more than 133 clubs across Victoria.

The overwhelming response helps us understand the struggle many clubs face funding the replacement of canteen equipment. There are countless stories of old, broken down equipment being used by volunteers, who are potentially at risk of an appliance-related injury.

In 2020, ESV Commissioner and Chair Marnie Williams, announced the extension of our partnership for a further three years and an additional $10,000 in Safer Canteens grants, bringing the total to $40,000 in Safer Canteens grants awarded in 2020. Our ongoing commitment and investment of over $120,000 ensures community football is supported into 2022.

In addition to the grant funds, each successful club receives a merchandise pack from ESV; including new menu boards and canteen counter mats – each displaying our energy safety messages.

ESV and AFL Victoria

ESV is an Official Partner of AFL Victoria.

We’ve proudly supported of the growth of country football and together raised awareness of gas and electrical safety issues in regional and metro areas for more than eleven years.  In 2020 we again underscored our ongoing support for community football by extending our partnership through to 2022.

ESV-AFL Victoria community football partnership - Supporting Club Canteens