Ca­ble back to cel­e­brate grass­roots footy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

WA FOOTY leg­end Barry Ca­ble was brought back to his spir­i­tual home when he hosted a com­mu­nity clinic at Lath­lain Oval last month for a spe­cial an­nounce­ment.

Play­ers from WAFL clubs, the West Coast Ea­gles and Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club at­tended the clinic with nine young in­dige­nous play­ers from the re­mote Kim­berly town Bea­gle Bay.

Ca­ble said the Bea­gle Bay team epit­o­mised the im­por­tance of fund­ing grass­roots foot­ball teams across all of WA.

“I was blown away to see first-hand the trans­for­ma­tional ef­fect footy can have on such a small, tightknit com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ca­ble an­nounced McDon­ald’s WA would spon- sor foot­ball in the State at ev­ery level from grass­roots through to AFL.

Ca­ble said in­vest­ment in lo­cal foot­ball was cru­cial for the sur­vival of the game and the de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion of foot­ball stars.

“To truly keep the great game great, we need to be nur­tur­ing be­gin­ners and de­vel­op­ing a strong club spirit out there in the com­mu­nity, as well as en­sur­ing the WAFL stays as a rel­e­vant feeder sys­tem for the AFL,” Mr Ca­ble said.

“We also need to keep sup­port­ing our lo­cal AFL teams to en­sure they re­main cham­pi­ons of the game and the only way of do­ing all this is with spon­sor­ship that tar­gets all lev­els of foot­ball.”

Tendai Mzungu, Barry Ca­ble, Grant Smith and Michael Bar­low.

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