De­vel­op­ment pro­gram kick­ing goals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - With Josh Kennedy

THE mid-sea­son bye is al­ways a welcome break from the de­mands of train­ing and play­ing.

By the time you get to this point in the year, you have been through four months of pre-sea­son train­ing, played maybe 14 or 15 games and the body feels a bit weary.

But as much as any­thing, it’s a chance to just chill out and re­fresh the mind.

I headed down south with a few of the West Coast play­ers and not hav­ing train­ing or match prepa­ra­tion to deal with was pleas­ant.

Don’t get me wrong, we all love what we do and wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s good just to re­lax for a few days.

Now I am just look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into the groove and the sec­ond half of the year.

We are in a pretty good po­si­tion at 9-3 and sec­ond on the lad­der but we know we have a lot of hard work in front of us.

One of our main tar­gets at the start of the year was to im­prove on last sea­son and we still have to do that.

The first chal­lenge is against Mel­bourne in Dar­win and we are un­der no il­lu­sions about how dif­fi­cult that is go­ing to be.

The Dees took strong mo­men­tum into their break with a great win against Gee­long down at the Cat­tery so they will be full of con­fi­dence.

For us, we just need to make sure we pick up where we left off af­ter a great Fri­day night win against Rich­mond.

We look for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing another venue and catch­ing up with our fans in Dar­win. THE West Coast Ea­gles pro­vide one of sev­eral elite sports de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for WA stu­dents through in­volve­ment with the SEDA sports de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

The Ea­gles pro­gram of­fers years 11 and 12 stu­dents a chance to com­bine their pas­sion for football with an ed­u­ca­tion path­way as they com­plete Year 11 and 12 while gain­ing na­tion­ally recog­nised VET qual­i­fi­ca­tions in sport and recre­ation.

Stu­dents un­der­take coach­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and at the Ea­gles are in­volved with the Ea­gles Rock My School pro­gram, event man­age­ment at Ea­gles fan or mem­ber days, and help­ing play­ers to de­liver school and com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­grams. On match days at home games, they help look af­ter the BHP Bil­li­ton in­flat­able ac­tiv­i­ties.

The SEDA pro­gram be­gan in WA schools in 2013, aim­ing to use a strong con­nec­tion to in­dus­try to help stu­dents de­velop real-world skills and op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain em­ploy­ment.

The West Coast Ea­gles Sports De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, as part of SEDA, em­pow­ers stu­dents to pur­sue mean­ing­ful path­ways upon com­ple­tion of Year 12.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

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