Play­ers’ guid­ance priceless

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

MORE than 400 chil­dren took ad­van­tage of the chance to get up and close and per­sonal with their foot­ball he­roes when the West Coast Ea­gles held a hol­i­day coach­ing clinic at Aquinas Col­lege.

Rookie mem­bers made their way through nine dif­fer­ent sta­tions through­out the hour-long hit-out, hav­ing a go at ev­ery­thing from goal kick­ing, tack­ling, and even dog and bone.

With Ea­gles play­ers run­ning each of the sta­tions, it was an op­por­tu­nity for the five to 12 year olds to learn skills from the best in the busi­ness.

The play­ers re­ally en­joyed the chance to meet some of their small­est loyal fans, with some putting their own spin on their drills.

Fresh from a 10-goal bag against Carl­ton, Josh Kennedy was the ob­vi­ous choice to run the goal kick­ing sta­tion, much to the rook­ies’ de­light.

An­drew Gaff was an­other favourite with the young­sters.

“I can iden­tify with the kids and how much fun it was to when I was their age, to go to events like this,” Gaff said. “It’s good fun and very re­ward­ing, just see­ing the smiles on the kids’ faces.

“The Rookie Ea­gles are re­ally im­por­tant to the footy club and it’s im­por­tant to build that con­nec­tion.”

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