L-R: John Pappas (Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer), Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood FC player), Katie Brennan (Toyota Ambassador and Richmond AFLW player) and Kylie Rogers (AFL Executive General Manager of Customer and Commercial) join junior footballers from Burnside Heights Football Club to launch the 2021 Toyota Good For Footy Round. PHOTO: Dylan Burns (AFL Photos)

The AFL and its premier partner Toyota have partnered up once again to launch its first ever combined men's and women's "Good for Footy" round this weekend.

The AFL, together with their premier partner Toyota has proudly launched the first-ever combined men’s and women’s Toyota “Good for Footy” round.

The round will take place this weekend in what will coincide with Round 2 of the AFL Men’s competition and the final home and away round, Round 9 of the NAB AFL women’s competition.

AFL executive General Manager of Customer and Commercial Kylie Rogers, Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer John Pappas, Collingwood’s Isaac Quaynor, and Toyota ambassador Richmond’s AFLW captain Katie Brennan joined a host of young footballers from Burnside Heights Football Club to launch the dedicated round.

The Toyota Good for Footy round will celebrate Toyota’s significant contribution to Australian rules football. From the grassroots to the elite level, Toyota has been celebrating what’s good for footy as the premier partner of the AFL for over 17 years.

One of the initiatives through this round, Toyota has launched its “Good for Footy Suggestion Box”, which will open on Thursday, March 25, and run throughout the 2021 season, with fans able to submit their suggestions online to the virtual Suggestion Box via toyota.com.au/gooder.

Speaking to the media, AFL General Manager of Commercial and Customer Kylie Rogers said it was pleasing to be able to dedicate a round to recognize and thank Toyota for all that they have invested in the code of Australian rules football.

“I would like to thank our Premier Partner, Toyota, whose enduring support of the AFL, from the grassroots to the elite game, continues to positively impact the football community,” Ms. Rogers said.

“The AFL, like Toyota, is committed to making football accessible for all, so we’re delighted to work with Toyota to establish the first joint Good For Footy Round and bring to life the new Toyota Suggestion Box initiative which we hope will unearth some great ideas to help strengthen football communities around the country.”

In addition to its dedicated round, Toyota has been supporting grassroots football through initiatives such as the Toyota Good For Footy Raffle and the recent Toyota Good For Footy Gear Grants Program.

In 2020, 557 community football clubs participated in the raffle, which raised a record $864,480 with 100 per cent of the funds going directly to each club in the program. This outstanding result brings the total figure raised since the commencement of the program to more than $7 million.

The Burnside Heights Football Club competes in the Essendon district football league and has been apart of the Toyota Good for Footy raffle since 2019. The club was awarded a grant for their women’s team uniform in the inaugural Toyota good for footy gear grants program in 2020 and has raised over $1000 since 2019 through the Toyota Good for Footy Raffle program to purchase equipment for the club.

The 2021 Toyota Good For Footy Gear Grants Program provided 100 female football clubs across Australia with specifically designed female uniforms, to help support the on-going growth of female football.

Collingwood defender Isaac Quaynor and Richmond AFLW captain Katie Brennan shared their excitement in both men’s and women’s competitions being combined for the round and weekend of footy ahead.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 23: Isaac Quaynor of the Magpies and Katie Brennan of the Tigers pose for a photo during the Toyota Good For Footy Round Launch at Burnside Heights Football Club on March 23, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

“Community football is where I first developed a love of the game, so it’s great to be involved in the first joint AFL and AFLW dedicated Toyota Good For Footy Round which celebrates Toyota’s support of our sport from grassroots football to the elite level,” Quaynor said.

“I’m proud to be a Toyota Good For Footy ambassador and looking forward to playing in the joint dedicated round this weekend,” Brennan said.

“It’s wonderful to have the Toyota Good For Footy Gear Grants program back for another year and see the impact it has within community football to ensure more women and girls feel comfortable playing our great game.”

The Toyota Good for Footy round commences on Thursday night at the MCG when Carlton takes on Collingwood. It will be a significant night as Victorians continue to celebrate the return of football with the capacity limits increasing to 75 per cent attendance.

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