Seag­ulls out to get kids fit­ter

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - ALEX OATES GFL

MARK McDow­ell will help bridge the gap be­tween North Shore and the com­mu­nity as coach of the Seag­ulls.

Pres­i­dent Dale Pur­cell re­vealed McDow­ell, who signed a three-year con­tract on Wed­nes­day, would also play a piv­otal role off the field.

“He’s a north­ern sub­urbs boy right from the start, and he’s got fam­ily his­tory here, but the club wants to do more things with the com­mu­nity,” Pur­cell said.

“And with Mark’s stand­ing at Water­world and the peo­ple he knows out here, it all ties in, not just with foot­ball, but with all the com­mu­nity pro­grams that we’re go­ing to try and bring to the club.

“That was one of the rea­sons we went for ‘Macca’. He knows the area quite well and he’s well re­spected out this way, so that was one of the main rea­sons why he was at the top of the list.”

He said the club was work­ing with Steve Lewry and North­ern Bay Col­lege to get more chil­dren in the north­ern sub­urbs ac­tive.

“We’re try­ing to get out amongst the schools to try so get them to play sport, what­ever sport that might be,” Pur­cell said.

“It doesn’t have to be foot­ball and net­ball that we run, but we just want to get kids healthy. “We’re try­ing to get par­ents to see the ad­van­tages of kids play­ing sport. It’s a big thing and we be­lieve we can drive it here with some pro­grams.

“We’re try­ing to get the govern­ment be­hind us, and with where we are lo­cated and the fa­cil­i­ties we’ve got here, we can run a few things.

“We do a few things with the kitchen on Mon­days, Tues­days and Fri­days, and we’re go­ing to branch that out now. We want our club to be the main com­mu­nity hub in the area, 3214.”

McDow­ell will also have a sig­nif­i­cant role on the field for the Seag­ulls, lift­ing the strug­gling club up the lad­der.

But he has the back­ing of Pur­cell and the cur­rent board, who are ea­ger for him to lead the club long term.

“Three (years) is the start, and the way we’ve been talk­ing, it could be more,” Pur­cell said.

Mark McDow­ell

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