Ablett ap­pointed tal­ent man­ager

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

THE West Aus­tralian Foot­ball Com­mis­sion has con­firmed a key ap­point­ment to sup­port its new Tal­ent Devel­op­ment Model.

AFL Na­tional Tal­ent Foot­ball Man­ager Michael Ablett will join the WAFC as WA tal­ent path­way man­ager.

The role has been added as a key rec­om­men­da­tion of the WAFC’s re­cent Struc­tural Re­view of Foot­ball and will com­mence in 2018.

WAFC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Tay­lor said that to se­cure such a high-qual­ity can­di­date was a ter­rific out­come for WA Foot­ball.

“Michael has a broad range of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in tal­ent devel­op­ment from a com­mu­nity level through to AFL and will add sig­nif­i­cantly to the WAFC’s vi­sion of con­nect­ing and en­hanc­ing WA com­mu­ni­ties through our great game,” he said.

“Michael’s na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and devel­op­ment with the AFL Acad­emy, com­bined with his back­ground as a player at VFL, Na­tion­als 18s and AFL level, make him the ideal can­di­date to lead our team of WAFL Tal­ent Man­agers.

“The chance to se­cure some­one with Michael’s deep ex­pe­ri­ence in the devel­op­ment of tal­ented play­ers is a great out­come for WA Foot­ball.

“This will be a chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing role for Michael, as the new tal­ent devel­op­ment model is es­tab­lished across our nine WAFL clubs and I be­lieve he brings the right mix of skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand­ing of the WA Foot­ball mar­ket and its stake­hold­ers to en­sure it is a suc­cess,” Mr Tay­lor said.

The WAFC’s new Tal­ent Devel­op­ment Pro­gram aims to set a higher stan­dard for the way the WAFC iden­ti­fies and sup­ports the devel­op­ment of tal­ented play­ers in WA.

Hav­ing se­cured $1 mil­lion in ad­di­tional fund­ing from the AFL, WA will now have one of the best-re­sourced tal­ent devel­op­ment pro­grams in Aus­tralia.

When com­bined with the WAFC State Academies and coaches of the likes of Peter Su­mich and Tony Mi­cale, the re­vised model will en­sure play­ers are pro­vided with the best op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their tal­ent to the high­est level in a pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive and pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment.

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