Community is footy club’s goal
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.”
Perth Football Club chief executive Martin Atkins with players Jared Bell and Callum Walley.