PATH­WAYS FOR KIDS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2017 PERTH DEMONS -

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.

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