Victorian football bands together for 30th year of TAC/AFL partnership

TAC AFL Road Safety Blue Band Day 2021
Sophie Williams (Community Football Manager, AFL Victoria), Brett Ratten (Senior Coach, St Kilda Football Club), Samantha Cockfield (Head of Road Safety, TAC) at RSEA Park today. PHOTO: AFL/Supplied.

Victorian footballers, officials and supporters across the state will don blue armbands this weekend in the TAC ‘Band Together‘ Road Safety Round campaign.

The #tacbandtogether campaign honours people killed on our roads and shows their commitment to road safety.

St Kilda Football Club senior coach Brett Ratten, whose son Cooper died in a car crash in 2015, launched the round at RSEA Park on Wednesday, alongside representatives of the TAC and AFL Victoria.

TAC Road Safety Round, held from August 6 to 8, will see more than 1200 clubs leading road safety conversations in their communities, reaching over 700,000 members of grassroots Victoria’s regional and metropolitan football and netball clubs.

The blue armbands will be worn state-wide this weekend and include a QR code linking to an online hub featuring stories from ambassadors and the football community, sharing why road safety matters to them.


The Hon. Ben Carroll, Minister for Roads and Road Safety also threw his support behind the round.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a grassroots football or netball club in Victoria that hasn’t experienced road trauma, which has an ongoing ripple effect through the whole club.” Minister Carroll said.

“Road Safety Round is so crucial in having important conversations with the people who travel on the roads every day, and encouraging them to make safe choices and look out for each other.”

Brad Scott, Head of AFL Victoria, echoed Minister Carroll’s sentiment, sharing that every club and individual can play a role in driving statewide change.

“Local footy clubs are the heart of the Victorian community. So once again, this weekend, we’re privileged to be teaming up with the TAC and marking 30 years of working together and leading the conversation to help reduce the incidents of road trauma.

“Last year, 126 people died on regional Victorian roads, and there were 85 fatalities in metro areas, that’s too many families and people in our community having to live with the loss of a loved one.

“We know that many footballers drive long distances every weekend to play the game they love, but this message is important every day of the year,”  Mr Scott said.

TAC Road Safety Round was originally scheduled to take place in July, however, lockdown led to the postponement.