Com­mu­nity is footy club’s goal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight - Lathlain Park - By KRISTIE LIM

PERTH Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Atkins says a po­ten­tial com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing at Lath­lain Park could ful­fil the club’s dream of be­com­ing a “com­mu­nity and foot­ball club”.

The De­mons and the West Coast Ea­gles Foot­ball Club are part of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s $70 mil­lion Lath­lain Precinct Re­de­vel­op­ment Project.

A new oval at Lath­lain Park was ready for round one of the 2017 WA Foot­ball League (WAFL) sea­son and the De­mons are in talks with the Town and State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments to add a new build­ing to Zone 1, which in­cludes the new oval, of the project.

Atkins said the club had not se­cured any fund­ing for the build­ing.

“What is more rel­e­vant now to the Perth Foot­ball Club is the com­mu­nity arm that we have,” he said.

“That is the rea­son why go­ing for­ward we want to be re­ferred to as the Perth Foot­ball and Com­mu­nity Club be­cause of the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment that we have.

“We have to make sure that we, not just now but go­ing for­ward, suc­cess­fully ac­com­mo­date all our pro­grams and our indige­nous en­gage­ment pro­grams.”

Atkins said he hoped to cater for the club’s fe­male af­fil­i­ate, Perth An­gels, that cur­rently trained at Carlisle Re­serve, as well as more colts and devel­op­ment play­ers at Lath­lain Park.

Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said there were no con­cerns for the De­mons and Ea­gles op­er­at­ing side-by-side.

Mr Vuleta said Zone 3 for the Ea­gles – the con­struc­tion of two ovals, oval fenc­ing, goal posts and netting – was near com­ple­tion while the con­struc­tion of the main ad­min­is­tra­tion, train­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity was sched­uled to start in Au­gust.

West Coast Ea­gles chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Nis­bett said the club would stay at Su­bi­aco Oval in 2018 be­fore mov­ing to Lath­lain in 2019.

“We have nar­rowed it down to four ten­ders for the build­ing and hope­fully we will have a re­sult by the end of Au­gust,” he said.

“We want to make sure we are en­trenched in the com­mu­nity and we also have the Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion based out here.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d471502

Perth Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Atkins with play­ers Jared Bell and Cal­lum Wal­ley.

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