Aus­kick risks be­ing booted

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT -

LAN­CASTER could lose its Aus­kick pro­gram if no-one steps for­ward for a co-or­di­na­tor role this year.

Af­ter nine years coach­ing upand-com­ing lo­cals, Dean Wile­man is look­ing for some­one to take over lead­ing the pro­gram.

Wile­man said other com­mit­ments meant he wouldn’t have the time to con­tinue run­ning the once-a-week ses­sions on Fri­day nights.

“I’d hate to see the pro­gram stop but I’m just a bit time poor to con­tinue it my­self,” he said.

Wile­man will be coach­ing the Stan­hope thirds in the com­ing sea­son and con­tin­u­ing his role as academy co-or­di­na­tor.

He is also the pres­i­dent of the SGR ju­nior footy club and coach­ing their Un­der 14s.

“It’s easy for some­one to get in­volved and take over; they just need to com­plete their ac­cred­i­ta­tion and it’s not that hard of a job,” he said.

“I’ve been run­ning it at the school oval sim­ply be­cause it’s eas­ier for kids and par­ents, but who­ever takes it over will de­cide where it’s hosted.”

While it is a vol­un­tary role, Wile­man said the co-or­di­na­tor po­si­tion paid off in the longterm.

“It was re­ward­ing to see kids rep­re­sent their club each week and some at in­ter­league events,” he said.

“Some even went on to win league best and fairest and it’s great to think you played a small part in their de­vel­op­ment.”

The Lan­caster Aus­kick pro­gram usu­ally runs through­out the sec­ond school term.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing the co-or­di­na­tor can get into con­tact with Greg Lid­dell from AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray on 0408 393 514.

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