Development program kicking goals
with Josh Kennedy THE mid-season bye is always a welcome break from the demands of training and playing.
By the time you get to this point in the year, you have been through four months of pre-season training, played maybe 14 or 15 games and the body feels a bit weary.
But as much as anything, it’s a chance to just chill out and refresh the mind.
I headed down south with a few of the West Coast players and not having training or match preparation to deal with was pleasant.
Don’t get me wrong, we all love what we do and wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s good just to relax for a few days.
Now I am just looking forward to getting back into the groove and the second half of the year.
We are in a pretty good position at 9-3 and second on the ladder but we know we have a lot of hard work in front of us.
One of our main targets at the start of the year was to improve on last season and we still have to do that.
The first challenge is against Melbourne in Darwin and we are under no illusions about how difficult that is going to be.
The Dees took strong momentum into their break with a great win against Geelong down at the Cattery so they will be full of confidence. Melbourne is a young, evolving team with some exciting talent, as well as a few experienced heads who have had an impact this year.
For us, we just need to make sure we pick up where we left off after a great Friday night win against Richmond.
We look forward to experiencing another venue and catching up with our fans in Darwin. THE West Coast Eagles provide one of several elite sports development opportunities for WA students through involvement with the SEDA sports development program.
The Eagles program offers years 11 and 12 students a chance to combine their passion for football with an education pathway as they complete Year 11 and 12 while gaining nationally recognised VET qualifications in sport and recreation.
undertake coaching and officiating qualifications and at the Eagles are involved with the Eagles Rock My School program, event management at Eagles fan or member days, and helping players to deliver school and community participation programs. On match days at home games, they help look after the BHP Billiton inflatable activities.
The SEDA program began in WA schools in 2013, aiming to use a strong connection to industry to help students develop real-world skills and opportunities to gain employment. The West Coast Eagles Sports Development Program, as part of SEDA, empowers students to pursue meaningful pathways upon completion of Year 12.