MARYBOROUGH-Castlemaine District Football-Netball League club Royal Park has taken out one of AFL Victoria Country's top awards.
Bushy was named the AFLVC club of the year at the Premiers Dinner held at Melbourne's Hilton Hotel last Saturday.
The award recognised Royal Park's fundraising efforts, which included supporting the Cancer Council Victoria and Paul Moore raising money on behalf of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Royal Park president Rob McLean said the club was proud to win an award that went beyond simply fielding football and netball teams each week.
"It was very much a team effort," McLean said this week.
"It recognises the work the committee has been doing all season, plus those players who gave up payments last year (to support the Cancer Council Victoria) and the coaches, supporters, volunteers and sponsors who pitched in this year.
"It's a wonderful thing for the club, but it doesn't end here.
"We are now looking to put things in place for the future, particularly in terms of junior development.
"We plan to field teams in all junior grades of football and netball next year for the first time in our history, including an under-17 football team for the first time in several years."
The award also recognises Royal Park's improvement from a winless senior season in 2012 to winning four games this year.
For taking out the Club of the Year Award, Royal Park has won a Victor Sports prize package valued at $2000.