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331. Bring back State of Origin

State of Origin belongs to Australian football. Interstate Australian rules football games have been played since 1879. Games were played under State of Origin rules from 1977 to 1999 and since 1990, chosen mostly from the Australian Football League (AFL).

Passion for these games were unrivalled, particularly between Victoria and South Australia, but also with Western Australia and Tasmania. These games would regularly sell out at Football Park in Adelaide and also in WA. They produced many of our game's memorable moments. In 1989 a crowd of 91,960 people attended a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria, featuring greats of the game such as Gary Ablett, Tony Lockett, Jason Dunstall and Terry Daniher, and South Australia, featuring Andrew Jarman, Stephen Kernahan and Craig Bradley.

Pursuing a national club competition, the Australian Football League decided representative football was not in its interests and deliberately downplayed the importance of state of origin games once it gained control of our game nationally. This has resulted in it declining relative to Origin games in rugby league. There were an increasing number of withdrawals by AFL players, who were under increasing pressure from their clubs, concerned by the risk of injuries. The final death knell was when "Mr Football" EJ Whitten died. Since 2000, all matches have been between teams representing the second-tier state or terriorial leagues. A token charity event each year at the Telstra Dome featuring has-been footballers is simply not good enough.

Now that the AFL has ballsed up the International Rules Series against Ireland (which was in itself Gaelic football posing as an almost farcical "compromise" of our great game), our elite players will be starved representation and reconition. We need it for our game to be truly national. In recent polls, players and fans alike have voted almost unanimously for the return of the series !

State of Origin gives players greater opportunity for lucrative endorsements and helps market their clubs. It gives states with underperforming AFL teams the opportunity to still achieve a level of success in our sport.

The AFL may be a national competition, but we want to see Barry Hall and Jonathan Brown pull on the Big V and play side by side. We want to see the best players in the country on the big stage, the ultimate spectacle.

Furthermore, we want every state represented. The "Allies" concept is a farce that helped take the passion out of the series and reduces it to exhibition match status. More than ever before, NSW/ACT and Queensland are competitive enough to contest against the likes of Tasmania. A two division format would be sufficient withe the following rough qualified rankings.

* Victoria
* South Australia
* Western Australia
* QLD / NT
* Tasmania

The AFL should begin with State of Origin in 2008 to celebrate interstate football's place as part of the 150 years of Australian Football and make it an annual series.

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332. Sack Steve McClaren

'Second Choice' Steve Mclownen should never have been appointed England manager and will without doubt lead the team to failure.

He lacks the bottle to drop supposed big name players who consistently underperform in an England shirt, i.e. Lumplard. Whereas players who play their heart out are unceremoniously dropped (Beckham). He is tactically inept, uses unfamiliar formations and persists to pick players out of position.

Furthermore he was chosen as England manager on the back of a lucky run in Europe with a boring Middlesbrough team who finished 14th in the league, a campaign which included a 7-0 loss to Arsenal.

In summary; McClaren is a incompetent manager incapable of bringing the pace and style of the English Premiership to the national team and his only achievement thus far is to win the "Mickey Mouse" Cup (League Cup). He should be removed from the job with immediate effect if England are to have any chance of qualification for the European Championship.

Football fans unite and act now for the good of England!

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333. A uniformed style of policing at football matches across Europe

Dr. Clifford Stott of the School of Pschology, University of Liverpool has filed several reports on policing, crowd dynamics and Public order at International football tournaments.

His findings supported the idea that a specific style of policing is required in order for football supporters to behave appropriately. If implemented by police across Europe at football matches, violence amongst football fans will drop dramatically.

Policing at football matches in England is of a very high standard. These techniques need to be taught to police in other areas of Europe. By introducing a uniform style of policing at football matches across Europe, policing would have to follow strict guidelines and meet certain standards.

Recent events in Italy indicate why a uniformed style of policing needs to be implemented across Europe. A policeman was killed during riots between Catania and Palermo. Better policing techniques could have prevented violence from escalating to such a level.

Other deaths will occur across Europe unless action is taken. That is why this petition is so important.

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334. Unite the Clubs Petition to City of Edinburgh Council

For more than 60 years, Edinburgh’s community-based facilities for football and other traditionally low-entry cost sports have been allowed to deteriorate to a truly shocking level.

Changing facilities are typically out of date, substandard, neglected, damp, unhygienic and at times hazardous.

Many pitches are badly drained, rutted and verge on unplayable for large parts of the year as a result of poor maintenance. Goal posts are often bent or broken.

Despite their shortcomings, pitches and facilities are also expensive to hire. Facilities based on school premises are costly to hire too, and at times difficult for community-based clubs to gain access to.

A number of community-based clubs, run entirely by volunteers, would be keen to develop their own facilities in return for long-term leases, but have been unable to do so. Many of our clubs are simply struggling to survive.

For this situation to be allowed to continue at a time when Edinburgh is trying to assert itself as one of Europe’s most active cities is insupportable.

Clubs across the Capital and throughout the Eastern Region have finally decided that enough is enough and that it's time to do something to stop the rot.

This petition will be delivered to the City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers during the course of the Unite the Clubs march through Edinburgh City Centre at 1:30pm on 14th February 2007.

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335. Unite the Clubs Petition to the Scottish Parliament

For more than 60 years, community-based facilities for football and other traditionally low-entry cost sports have been allowed to deteriorate to a truly shocking level.

Changing facilities are typically out of date, substandard, neglected, damp, unhygienic and at times hazardous.

Many pitches are badly drained, rutted and verge on unplayable for large parts of the year as a result of poor maintenance. Goal posts are often bent or broken.

Despite their shortcomings, pitches and facilities are also expensive to hire. Facilities based on school premises are costly to hire too, and at times difficult for community-based clubs to gain access to.

A number of community-based clubs, run entirely by volunteers, would be keen to develop their own facilities in return for long-term leases, but have been unable to do so. Many clubs are simply struggling to survive.

For this situation to be allowed to continue at a time when we should be encouraging young people to participate in sports as part of our bid to shed our unenviable reputation as a 'nation of 'couch potatoes' is insupportable.

Clubs across Scotland have finally decided that enough is enough and that it's time to do something to stop the rot.

This petition will be delivered to the Scottish Parliament at the end of the Unite the Clubs march through Edinburgh City Centre at 1:30pm on 14th February 2007.

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336. Get some goals for Denham Cricket Field

We need some goals at the field so that we can play football.

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337. Michael Voss statue for the Gabba

Michael Voss is one of the greatest sportsmen that Queensland has ever produced.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to play Australian rules football.

During his 289 games for the Brisbane Bears/Lions, he has won the Brownlow Medal - the national competition's highest award.

The Brisbane Lions captain lead the club to 3 consecutive AFL premierships, a feat which has been equalled only two other times in over 100 years of competition.

He is the captain of the Queensland Team of the Century.

He has captained Australia and was an All-Australian 5 times.

He won his club's best and fairest 5 times and the Most Valued Player in the AFL two times.

Voss put his body on the line for his club and country, playing through debilitating injury during his career.

His off-field reputation is exemplary and he is widely recognised as one of the fairest players ever in the competition and is a statesman for Aussie Rules in Queensland.

Vossy's feats are comparable to the Emperor of Lang Park - Wally Lewis - who has rightly a statue in his honour at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park). We believe that "The Boss" also deserves a statue in his honour at the Brisbane Cricket Ground - a ground that Voss helped to make a fortress for his club.

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338. Tasmania needs its own AFL team

We want a Tasmanian side in the national competition and we want it now !

Tasmanians have had enough of non-blockbuster games between neutral sides from other states.

We have watched the AFL pour money for over 25 years in non-traditional Aussie Rules states while football in the Tasmanian heartland suffers.

Too many myths have been bandied around by the AFL dismissing Tasmania, a traditional football state, from its right to be represented in the national competition :

1. Tasmania doesn't need AFL - Tasmanians will always love Aussie Rules
FALSE. Sure Tasmanians are mad about football, the state has the second highest participation rate and it has been played there longer than just about any other state BUT statistics show local football in Tasmania is suffering badly at the grass roots and participation and crowd numbers are stagnant or in decline for local leagues. Soccer is making big inroads and a new franchise there is a strategic priority for A-League. Without a team in a national comp to barrack for, who could blame Tasmanians for backing a soccer side just like the Canberra people turned to the Raiders and later Brumbies to the detriment of the AFL in the ACT.

2. Brisbane and Sydney give better returns for the AFL
FALSE. Let's not forget the subsidisation of the Sydney Swans for nearly 25 years and the Brisbane Bears for over a decade, with the AFL pumping millions into these clubs just to keep them alive. Lets not also forget that the AFL subsidises at least 3 Melbourne based club to the tune of millions. The AFL is still pumping millions into Sydney and Brisbane in an effort to get kids playing footy. Whilst this is working in Brisbane due to multiple Brisbane Lions premierships, the larger amount has been spent in Sydney and there has arguably not been a solid return on investment.

3. Tasmania doesn't have the population to support it
FALSE. Tasmania's population is the same as the Gold Coast, which is touted as being the next location of an AFL team.
Tasmania's population is two and a half times that of Geelong which still has a home ground at Kardinia Park that is regularly filled and has a majority of Geelong based members.

4. Tasmania's population is in decline
FALSE. Tasmania suffered a brief period of decline in the 1990s which was a highly publicised reason for the rejection of an AFL bid at the time.
However, this is no longer the case Tasmania’s population returned to growth in early 2001, with the population growth rate being near the national average for five years of consistent steady growth in population.

5. Tasmania's economy is stuffed
FALSE. Tasmania has shown positive employment growth since 2001. The Tasmanian economy has performed better than the national average.

6. The Tasmanian television audience doesn't count
FALSE. It may not be part of the OZTam ratings at the moment BUT it does not mean that the population does not watch television and OZTam will be extending their measurements to regionals in the near future.
OZTam ratings should not be used as a reliable measure of the AFL's popularity as it does not include significant regional populations in Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

7. Tasmania is too far away
FALSE Launceston is less than a 1 hour flight from Melbourne which costs less than a flight from Melbourne to Sydney. It is an 24 hour trip by ferry from Melbourne and a 48 hour trip from Sydney with direct flight routes from Adelaide, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Townsville.

8. Tasmania does not have any corporates or corporate support
FALSE Tasmania is home to Boags and Cascades - two of Australia's most popular brewers. There is also the Federal Group which owns the two casinos. Wrest Point is Australia's first legal casino and still very popular, they currently sponsor the Tasmanian Devils.
Gunns Limited is a huge forestry company.
The Tasmanian government backs Hawthorn and has significant investments in the local tourism industry. The Spirit of Tasmania would be an obvious tourism backer.
Even without the local companies, companies from the mainland invest millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy.
The Tasmanian Tigers cricket team attracts sponsorships from Cascade, the Tasmanaian government, Vodafone, Coca Cola and the Commonwealth Bank. There is no reason why an AFL team could not do the same especially with its ability to attract larger crowds and television audience.

9. Tasmania doesn't have a good enough stadium
FALSE Aurora Stadium is bigger in capacity than Manuka or Marrara stadium and equally as big as Carrara and only slightly smaller than Kardinia Park. It is a modern stadium that is arguably better equipped for each of these and easily suitable for AFL matches. What is more is that the government is prepared to invest $$$ to keep it up to standard. The government proposed over $30 million for Glenorchy stadium in the 90s. Whereas the AFL has pumped millions into Carrara and would have to continue to do so if a team ever happened on the Gold Coast

10. Crowds in Tasmania would not be big enough
FALSE. It has been filled on occassion when Hawthorn plays there to over 20,000. It regularly draws bigger crowds than the Gold Coast, Darwin or Canberra and comparable to Geelong and both Sydney and Brisbane in the 1980s. Keep in mind that the AFL does not schedule blockbuster matches for regional cities. The Tasmanian Devils average the largest crowds in the Victorian Football League and have attracted home crowds in excess of 10,000 on occassion in what is a much less supported league.

11. Aurora Stadium is too far away from the capital Hobart
Tasmania is a big island, but Launceston is central to most parts of it, only 2 hours by road from many of the main population centres

12. There is a North/South rivalry that stops anything from happening
FALSE. There is probably some sort of friendly rivalry, but apart from the beers they drink, it is largely a myth. The truth is that Tasmanians would get behind a football side regardless of where the team is based. The Tasmanian Football League was fine until the AFL split it into north and south. In context, there is a much bigger rivarly between Sydney and Melbourne which prevents football from ever making inroads into the Sydney market. There is also a South East Queensland, North Queensland rivalry, but that doesn't stop people from supporting both the Broncos and the Cowboys when either is on top of the ladder ....

13. There are not enough quality home grown players
FALSE. The AFL has a number of Tasmanian players including many high profile players, as many as have come from highly populous places such as Sydney and Brisbane. Many of the legends of the game have come from the state. Tasmania used to be represented in State of Origin until the AFL created the "Allies" concept, who could blame Tasmanians for not getting behind a team which also represented parts of the country that are over 2000 miles away. Sadly the number of home grown players has fallen with the fortunes of local footy.

14. Tasmania has a history of sporting clubs dying
FALSE. Yes the Hobart Devils demise in 1996, BUT that is one club for an American sport which is failing in Australia - how many clubs has the Gold Coast seen come and go in the past decade ? Not to count the failed Melbourne VFL/AFL clubs like University, Fitzroy, South Melbourne ... or the number of NSWRL/ARL/NRL that have fallen along the wayside all around Australia over the years.

15. A competition can be considered national without a Tasmanian side
FALSE. A competition cannot claim to be truly national without a team from each Australian state.

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339. Ban Graduation in a Church

The idea of graduation in a church imposes on personal belief and the decision to practice religion as an individual. The new principal, Sid Bailey, is a member of the Phoenix First Assembly.

The idea that our football field is too small to hold a graduation is false. Football games alone have been known to hold over 2,000 fans. Administration has refused to accept reasonable solutions to the issue and have listened yet not taken into consideration of what the students would prefer.

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340. Keep Christ in CHRISTmas

Well there are many evidences in today's culture, that point to pushing Christ out of CHRISTmas. Just recently Macy's and Wal-Mart have replaced Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays.

The problem is they are large companies that have such a huge say in our country and economy and not just ours.

So below are some sites that point to excluding Christ from CHRISTmas.

I think that we as Canadians should be allowed to say Merry Christmas no matter what others think. If I choose to say Merry Christmas and someone is offended than their response should be whatever they choose. In other words, if you choose to respond by saying Happy Holidays then so be it.

It used to be that in other countries you would have to worry about what you stood for when it came to your beliefs about Jesus; but now we as Christians and even those that are not Christians but still believe in God are the ones that have to worry. I shouldn't be forced to change my beliefs b/c of what other's believe. I respect their beliefs and I think our beliefs should be the same on respecting other beliefs. If you choose not to partake in saying Merry Christmas than don't. Say whatever you feel.

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341. Greater Football (Soccer) Media Exposure in Australia

As we all know the A-league has been a great success in the first season and in the second season this success has continued evidence of this is the 50,333 fans who turned up to watch Melbourne Victory take on Sydney FC at the Telstra Dome.

Unfortunately we do not get our fair share of media coverage.

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342. Bourgoin v. Munster

343. Implement BCS Playoff

I have started this petition to start a movement to change the format used to select the teams that play for the national championship at the end of the year.

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) selects the teams that will play for the national championship by using a calculated method that takes into account three polls comprised of many different voters.

When all is said and done, two teams are rewarded while many deserving teams are denied entry to play for the title based on who happens to be voted higher by which person is voting.

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344. Attn WVU: We Want Rich Rod

WVU Needs to Step Up. This is a 24 hour petition drive, starting 8:30am on 12/6/6.

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345. No Maze Stadium

This is to keep the home stadium of Northern Ireland Football/Soccer in Belfast and not where it is far from the bigger areas of Northern Ireland. Up the Belfast Stadium.

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346. Kosova forum or sub forum on

The Kosovar people deserve a forum of there own not just one thread that is used for there leagues NT and other things.

They need their own forum or a sub-forum in the Albanian forum.

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347. Newcastle United - Freddy Shepherd Out!

Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United chairman, is dragging the club under!

The club needs a new chairman to take it further, and to get out of the current rut that Shepherd has put us in.

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348. Get Davy out of Huddersfield Town Football Club!

Questions asked to Ken Davy are "Where is our money going?" Huddersfield Town had a target to be in the top 30 clubs come 2008.

Unfortunatly this is an un-realistic target now with HTFC been a mid table team in League 1! After plenty of fans insist for answers Ken Davy cannot do anything but lie and lie! Are Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants been run seperatly? Davy insists they are, but everyone knows its a lie! Ken Davy stated "They [the fans wondering where Huddersfield Town's money is going] insist on creating an atmosphere which is potentially damaging to Huddersfield Town Football Club."

But surely when fans come to watch their team week in week out they deserve proper answers? When they are spending money on watching Huddersfield Town, who are not acheiving, surely they deserve to know where the money is really going?

Answers are not coming and not going to come because Davy has thrown our money away! Get him out!

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349. Save Scarborough Football Club

We hereby urge Scarborough Borough Council to lift the covenant on the McCain Stadium and allow Scarborough Football Club to re-locate to its chosen site at Eastfield.

We believe this to be the only way for the club to survive and that this move will be of benefit to the local community.


Please make sure you include your name. Signatures with no name can't be counted.

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350. Student Petition for Football Team at C.U.S.

We think that a school team could be created without interferring with other school activities which was the case in transition year.

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351. Petición a la Corporación Popular Deportiva Junior

La Corporación Popular Deportiva Junior está siendo manejada de una forma inadecuada. Es bien sabido que el equipo tiene dueño pero también representa una imagen, una ciudad, una región y a nuestro parecer debería haber un mejor manejo.

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352. Media Coverage of Youth Football in Australia

Youth development is the future for Australian football, we need to start taking it more seriously and one step to taking youth football more seriously is to have a better coverage from the media.

The 2006 AFC Youth Championship had no telecast on either radio or television in Australia, the Young Socceroo's, Joey's and Olyroos received nothing in terms of telecast in their tours of South America or Asia.

So how seriously is Australia taking youth development with little recognition in the media? This is a question I pose to you.

In countries like Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, Korea and many more countries, youth football gets broadcasted on television or at least radio. If Australia is to become a world power, we need to give our youths the media coverage they deserve.

A better broadcast will allow the football loving public of Australia to open our eyes and it will allow for an easier scrutiny and analysis by the media and coaches of the direction of our youths.

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353. Reinstatement of Sky Sports News

The reinstatement of Sky Sports News on Fox Sports News starting at 11 30pm and running through to 5 30am.

The program was a helpful way to keep up with all the sports news from overseas, mainly the football results on a weekend.

Football in this country is growing and as such needs as much exposure as possible, this program gave it a kick start.

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354. Dump Karl Dorrell, UCLA Football Head Coach

We are graduates of UCLA.

The detailed letter below outlines why a replacement is needed for Karl Dorrell, UCLA Football Head Coach.

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355. Let's kick Blatter out of football

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has further infuriated Italian fans by apologising to Australia for the Azzurri’s World Cup victory.

The second round match was goalless and heading for extra time following Marco Materazzi’s controversial straight red card when Fabio Grosso fell over a Lucas Neill challenge.

Francesco Totti stepped up to convert the stoppage-time penalty with the last kick of the game on June 26 and send Italy on towards their eventual Final triumph.

Australian supporters were angry at the decision by Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo and the FIFA President stepped out of his official role to make a bizarre announcement.

“I agree with them and I would like to apologise to our fans in Australia,” said Blatter. “The Socceroos should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy, because they were up to beating Italy.”

The Azzurri went unbeaten throughout the entire tournament, notching up four wins and two draws in the 90 minutes – seeing off Germany 2-0 in extra time and beating France on penalties in the Final.

Blatter had already caused controversy with his comments after the July 9 Berlin match by stating it was “a tragedy” to see the World Cup assigned on a shoot-out.

This was the second time the trophy had been decided this way, as in 1994 Italy lost to Brazil in Pasadena.

The FIFA President also failed to hand over the World Cup to Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro. He was in the stands, but UEFA President Lennart Johansson took these duties instead. It has never been clarified why the change was made.

"I think the referees were not at their best," continued Blatter. "I think they were too well prepared or not looked after the right way. They were in a military camp situation. And I think there was too much cheating on the players' side.”

Yet Italy also felt aggrieved by the refereeing in the Australia match, as Medina Cantalejo showed Materazzi a straight red card for a late, but by no means violent, tackle on midfielder Mark Bresciano.

He didn't have time to apologise for the Azzurri's exit in Korea/Japan...

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356. 2010 World Cup should stay in South Africa

Rumours have been circulating in the media for months that FIFA are looking for an alternative host country because of concerns South Africa had fallen hopelessly behind in their preparations.

Some also say that South Africa is too dangerous for tourists.

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357. Bring the Football Team Back to CSULB!

UPDATE as of 7/20/2009: Sorry for the lack of updates, but I do check the petition regularly.

Thank you everyone for signing. Please continue to let others know of our petition! Our goal is to get as many signatures as possible, so please tell others about this petition! We need at least 5,000 signatures before I will submit the petition to President F. King Alexander, which I believe is absolutely possible, as there are 35,000 students on our campus.


Simply put, having a football team will not only bring unity to our school, but will also bring in money for our campus, as well as putting our campus on the map.

Reasons why there should be a football team:

1. We are sick of having to cheer for another school.

2. We are sick of seeing people wearing other schools' jerseys/shirts on our campus.

3. Our school has 35,000 students, which makes it a large campus, yet it doesn't have a football team?

4. Bringing football back will benefit the whole school, not just the football players, as people previously have thought. For instance, having a football team will bring back the marching band, and the money earned will benefit the WHOLE school. We'll be able to afford to improve our campus, which will boost our students' morale.

Sign the petition if you haven't already, and forward it to your friends and family, even if they don't go to our school!


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358. Increase the capacity of the new Football stadium in Melbourne to at least 30,000 seats!

The State Government of Victoria has commited to build a 20,000 seat rectangular stadium for use by Melbourne Victory Football Club & Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.

Melbourne Victory FC is already getting crowds well above this figure & with Football participation rates at junior level the highest of any sport & the growing popularity of the game in Australia, this size stadium is too small & allows no room for growth at the elite level & will leave many fans unable to watch live Football in Melbourne & greater demand for seats could push the price out of reach for your average fan.

Football fans in Australia have for too long be sold out by politicians & the media trying to protect boutique sports & stifle the growth of our game.

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359. Paul Hart Petition


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360. Junior Raider Football

-Junior Raiders 3rd to 6th grade represent the community.

-Rest of NCKL junior football programs play on high school fields.

-These kids generally weight 100 pounds or less, so the statement that we are going to tear the fields isn't accurate.

-Outside organizations have used USD#320 facilities in the past for our children, e.g. Manhattan Basketball Association had basketball tournaments at all of our schools last year. These were ran and organized by coaches/parents of the school district.

-Additional money to the community through visiting teams and parents.

-The self-esteem that will last forever for these kids to play where the big boys play is tremedous.

-Let's the community come out and support our children.

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