PATHWAYS FOR KIDS
THE PERTH Demons’ connection to junior clubs is something that keeps it strong.
The club is associated with the Mortlock Football League, Avon Football Association, Central Midlands Football League and the North Midlands Football League, as well as 12 junior clubs in the southeastern corridor.
Club chief executive Marty Atkins said the club had a number of programs in place to support the clubs.
“Our metro and country zones are super important to us; we run talent programs under the Rob Wiley Foundation,” he said.
“The idea is to engage with the kids and create pathways. I’d say we engage about 10,000 kids throughout the zones each year.
“It’s about teaching them respect and dedication, while also eating healthy and looking after yourself.”
Atkins said the club also engaged with coaches in the zones to assist with the development of players.
“We’ve offered the opportunity for coaches to reach the next level so they can go back and share it at their club,” he said.
“Last year we had eight successful coaches come through our program, who then went back and taught better practices.
“We are running another roadshow this year, where we will hold four sessions where coaches can learn the latest techniques.”
All the fun and games during the club’s District Gala Day.