Emley extends as coach with aim to make Bats AFL Sydney’s elite club

Kyle Emley will coach the UTS Bats in 2022 after agreeing to extend his tenure at the club.
UTS Bats coach Kyle Emley kicking a football in a game of Australian Football

Kyle Emley will continue as men’s senior coach of the UTS Australian Football Club for the 2022 season.

In a COVID-interrupted debut season at the helm of the Bats in 2021, Kyle has guided the Premier Division side to four wins from the first 10 games of the season as a playing coach.

“2021 has been an enjoyable challenge so far. It’s been great to get to know, and work with a great group of people on and off the field, and we have seen plenty of positives for us to build on moving forward,” Kyle said.

“As a club, we have just started on a journey to being the strongest club on and off the field in AFL Sydney. I’m looking forward to continuing to embrace the challenge of this, whilst assisting everyone involved at the UTS Bats to improve as footballers and as people.”

“We all have a role to play in developing the club community into an environment where everyone feels welcome and comfortable, as well as a place where we can challenge ourselves and others to improve. I can’t wait to build on what we have started together.”

Emley has overseen the development of the Bats’ men’s football program in 2022 while consistently performing as one of the Premier Division team’s best players.

“We have been thoroughly impressed with Kyle’s leadership of our seniors, as well as his ability to develop young players and foster high standards in our footy club,” UTS Bats football director and vice-president Sam Chadwick said.

“By committing for 2022 already, Kyle and the Bats are in a position to start working towards a strong, viable footy program next year.”

Stable coaching team for 2022

The UTS Australian Football Club also confirms Miguel Limson will continue for the second year of his agreement in 2022.

The Premier women have chalked up an improved three wins in 2021 – a marked on-field improvement under Miguel’s leadership.

UTS AFC President Megan Gigacz says both Kyle and Miguel’s retention helps the Bats continue to chart ahead on the ladder. 

“Having Kyle and Miguel continue as coaches of our Premier Div teams in 2022 gives the Bats the best chance to build on the foundations of this season,” Megan said. 

“We’ve already had most of our key male and female players commit to 2022 as well.

“With the news of the Bat and Ball Oval development grant and the good form of our teams before the COVID-forced halt to the season, it’s definitely an exciting time to be a Bat.

“While we’re disappointed that the season remains on hold during the current New South Wales lockdown, we can’t wait to see our teams back on the park and building a strong footy club in the eastern suburbs.”

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Statement: 2021 season cancellation

The UTS Australian Football Club acknowledges the decision by AFL NSW/ACT to cancel the 2021 AFL Sydney season, owing to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Statement: 2021 season cancellation

The UTS Australian Football Club acknowledges the decision by AFL NSW/ACT to cancel the 2021 AFL Sydney season, owing to the current COVID-19 outbreak.