'This is shameful': AFL club under fire over 'disgusting' job ad

Pictured here, the Melbourne Demons job ad that has sparked outrage.
The Melbourne Demons' job ad has come in for heavy criticism on social media. Pic: Getty/Melbourne FC

The Melbourne Football Club has hit back after being heavily criticised over an advertisement seeking volunteers to work for the AFL club.

Social media users slammed the Demons after they put out an ad seeking unpaid workers to contribute to their Football Technology Pathway Progam from December 2020 to October 2021.

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Melbourne's ad description lists the contact hours for 3-4 successful applicants as varying from 10-25 hours per week.

“An exciting opportunity has become available for 3-4 individuals to volunteer within the club’s football department for the 2021 season,” the advertisement read.

“Reporting to the football analysis team, the successful individuals will contribute to a broad range of areas within all four of our teams in the AFL, VFL, AFLW and VFLW.

“This program would best suit students or graduates from either an exercise and sports science, information technology, statistical and multimedia background, who have a strong interest and understanding of AFL football.”

The ad has sparked outrage on social media, with the unpaid 11-month stint and conditions of up to 25 hours a week labelled "disgusting".

Melbourne ad “poorly worded”

Responding to the wave of online backlash, the Demons admitted their advertisement was "poorly worded".

Melbourne chief executive Gary Pert explained that applicants weren't expected to work over the entire 11 months, and insisted that hours were flexible.

“The scope and intent of the program was to keep the time frame flexible, to allow us to accommodate students at any month of the proposed period,” Pert told the Herald Sun.

“To be clear, this pathway program does not run for a total of 11 months. Instead, the duration of the program is predicated on the student’s individual course requirements and no student’s hours will exceed the amount they need to complete their university unit.

“The club accepts that there were elements of the advertisement that were worded poorly and lacked clarity, and we will ensure this does not occur again.”

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