Knights are now Village people
AUSKICK is coming to The Village at Wellard for the first time with the Kwinana Knights, one of the metropolitan area’s largest, longest established and most successful junior football clubs, making Wellard Oval its new home.
The inaugural The Village at Wellard Auskick season kicks off on Sunday April 30 with up to 150 kids in eight teams getting their start at playing Aussie Rules.
Kwinana Knights president Dave Acker said with a total of more than 400 players in some 22 teams, the club had outgrown at its Orelia headquarters where it has been based since 2009.
He said it had been struggling to fit all the training sessions and fixtures onto a limited number of playing ovals.
“We wanted to take advantage of a booming local area where we can grow Auskick at the grass roots,” Acker said.
“So our club was delighted when The Village at Wellard came to the party with financial support to help us make the move possible.”
The support being provided under the new agreement with The Village at Wellard will help the Kwinana Knights cover costs such as setting up the canteen, and buying footballs and targets for the three respective Auskick divisions for five, six and seven-year-olds.
“Auskick is not about competition but getting the boys and girls to come down and have fun, make friends, begin learning about playing footy,” he said.
“They start to build their team bonds, and hopefully get set up for when they are older and can move on to the game’s next stage of modified rules.”
Junior football has been around in Kwinana since the mid 1950s when the area was first developed, starting out as the Medina Football Club.
In the early 1980s, Medina and Calista clubs joined forces and adopted the name of Kwinana Knights Football Club.
Knights teams have won many grand finals over the years and they have developed a number of players for the game’s higher level competitions.
AFL star Daniel Wells, previously with the North Melbourne and now Collingwood, started as a junior with the Knights.
The Kwinana Knights will start its 2017 Auskick season at The Village at Wellard.