Players’ guidance priceless
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.”