Knights are now Vil­lage peo­ple

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

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.

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