Ea­gles look to Syd­ney with Prid­dis

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOME high school stu­dents spent part of Term 1 work­ing along­side staff at the West Coast Ea­gles and West Perth Foot­ball Club as part of the Ea­gles’ sports de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

The pro­gram of­fers Year 11 and 12 SEDA stu­dents with a pas­sion for foot­ball a chance to com­bine their love of the game with a hands-on ed­u­ca­tion that de­liv­ers prac­ti­cal life skills.

Stu­dents were trained to help de­liver key club events along­side Ea­gles in the Com­mu­nity staff, in­clud­ing weekly coach­ing ses­sions at Arena Joon­dalup, the West Coast Ea­gles Fan Fair, match day Fan Zone in­ter­ac­tion and Rick’s Rook­ies day.

Many of the stu­dents in­volved play or um­pire foot­ball at week­ends.

For­mer West Coast player Bradd Dalziell, who is now the club’s school and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said the op­por­tu­nity gave stu­dents fur­ther in­sight into what a ca­reer in foot­ball might look like.

“The stu­dents have been great and while they are work­ing hard, es­pe­cially on busy days like Fan Fair, they are also hav­ing a great time,” said Dalziell.

“This is a great chance for them to see the dif­fer­ent path­ways a ca­reer in foot­ball could open for them.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2017 pro­gram are open.

Visit www.west­coast­ea­gles.com.au.

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

Stu­dent Jess Sin­gle­ton hands out a bal­loon to a young fan at a match day.

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