Welcome to the 1st edition of the Blues News for season 2020. This regular newsletter will be issued monthly for the preseason to keep everyone at The Willetton Football Club up to date with what is happening at the club. Once the season begins the schedule will increase to be issued at every home game in a hard copy for supporters. You will get regular information on the teams and players and how they’ve been performing as well deals and promotions form the clubs valued sponsors.
In this first issue you will see a lot has been going on while our players and supporters have been enjoying the off-season break. This editions headlines include:
2020 Coaching Appointments
Your Willetton Football Club is well progressed with preparation & planning for the new season, and proud to announce the appointment of the head coach for the 2020 season as Troy Douglas.
Most recently Troy has been the 2019 Academy Head Coach at South Fremantle Football club where he was involved with the Coach Development Program around the Colts squads and the Youth Development. He comes with over 10 years of WAFL experience.
Troy will bring to the club a step up in the level of structure and professionalism around our teams and culture that underpins a successful football club. We also believe that his past positions around youth and colts at both South & East Fremantle WAFL clubs will be a pathway for these young players into Willetton.
The reserves coaching position has been taken up by a well-known club stalwart in Paul “Kakkers” Kujawski. Once a player at Willetton himself, a two-time league premiership coach and 2015 Grand final winning colts coach. Kakkers will also support Troy Douglas in the role of League assistant and line coach.
Our Colts team will retain the 2019 Coach in Ian Ashenhurst. The colts were a young side in 2019 however going into 2020 should be stronger and more experienced side. They retain the bulk of their list with only five of the list graduating into the seniors due to age. With this core group, joined by some new recruits the club is expecting a successful year for the colts in 2020.
Our Thirds team retain player coach and 2019 Jim Grace Clubman Award winner Michael "The Penguin" Gotti. In 2018 Michael coached the thirds into finals for their first year in E2, however wasn’t as lucky in 2019. This season the Penguin is hoping to coach this side into their second premiership in 5 years.
The club is currently seeking applicants for our integrated coaching position. If you are interested please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact with you.
Troy’s appointment as League Coach brings with him a new head trainer for the 2020 season with the club welcoming to the dugout Lifecare Bicton Physiotherapy.
Women’s Team For Willetton Football Club
It’s with a great deal of excitement that the club announces its application to the Perth Football League for the inclusion of a team from Willetton into the 2020 season has been approved.
Your club is well progressed with the administrative support required around this initiative and confirms the appointment of Women’s Coach Glenn Hunter. Glen was the inaugural coach for Rossmoyne Football Clubs entry into the Womens competition and took that squad into the A grade level within 2 years. Glen also has roots in Willetton being a former Junior President and has two sons in Lewis and Riley both playing at Willetton.
Helen Hunter joins the committee to assume the role of Womens Football Manager. Helen is also the Secretary for East Fremantle Women’s WAWFL team and Assistant Competition Director for East Fremantle District Junior Development Council.
We are confident the all-important management structure for success is in place and all we need now is the players. We have had an enormous amount of interest and encouragement from the community with this initiative. Let every girl you know that this is happening be it your sisters, daughters, friends or workmates. Get them to come on down and get involved during pre-season or get in touch with Helen on 0424651968.
Off-season Training Is Underway
To keep players fit in the lead up to Christmas and the 2020 Pre-season the club has started an off-season swimming and running program. The swimming kicked off on Monday the 11th of November 2019. The club has lanes at the Riverton Leisure Plex where the focus will be general fitness, increasing lung capacity, endurance and fatigue management. The pool sessions will continue every Monday leading up to Christmas. Be there at 6:00pm for a 6:15pm start.
From Wednesday the 20th of November 2019, a running program will commence. The program was provided to the Willetton Football Club by an experience trainer free of charge to help improve the performance of the club. Matt Steacy has volunteered to co-ordinate the program which will be held every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at the club and Saturday mornings at 8:30am at various locations leading up to Christmas. Full details and dates are on the website and everyone (not just players) are welcome.
Try Football For Free
To coincide with the introduction of a women’s team and capitalise from the off-season running program the Willetton Football Club is welcoming girls and boys over 16 years old to come try football for free from the 27th of November 2019. The new league coach will be present and help everyone through a few drills after the running component has been completed. So if you know anyone who’s not quite sure if they want to play football get them to come down. They can come down from 6:00pm to join in on the running component or can come a little later and just join in on kicking the footy.
Meet the Coach BBQ – 11 December 2019
The club knows you miss out on catching up with your football mates in the off-season so we have organised a BBQ on 11 December 2019 just after the training session at 7:00pm. The BBQ will be fired up and you will have chance to share a snag and a (soft) drink with your mates as well as get to know your new coaches. Get down show your support and find out some information on the coming pre-season training and future club merchandise.
Calling On Past Players
As part of the ongoing development and growth of the Willetton Football Club, we are seeking interest from past players in establishing a Past Players Association within the existing structure of the club.
The club believes there is scope for more than just having 1 game throughout the season designated as “Past Players Day”. While it’s the intention to continue with this well received event its thought that perhaps the past players would like to have some input into how it should be set up and organised.
Extending on from this could include involvement and support from our past players with responsibilities such as Meat Raffle on game day, assisting with the BBQ and perhaps one or two RSA’s to relieve the players behind the bar.
Just because you’re too old and too tired to play doesn’t mean you cant be involved and make your mark (once again). Anyone interested should enquire direct to Perry Kleppe, Club President on 0411 117086
Going into 2020 the club is seeking to increase its sponsorship to offset some of the costs that are borne by the players. To that end the club has created new sponsorship benefit packages.
A number of innovative initiatives will be introduced in the 2020 season to shine some light onto the sponsors and offer them some genuine exposure to the clubs and competitors supporter bases and members.
The 2020 season see added costs to the club to fund new playing jumpers for each squad, that’s main & clash strips, to reflect the change from Amateur Association to the Perth Football League. A set of jumpers costs the club in the area of $1,000 each.
Apart from the more traditional avenues such as boundary signage and website promotion we will be expanding this into voice over presentations over the PA system in between games and at ½ time breaks, editorial in the game day publications and special offers directed straight to members. Business’s supporting the club will be identified in the public space as sponsors by a Willetton Football Club crest on their business premises so the whole world will know they support the club.
Sponsorships will fall into tiers of financial support ranging from $500 upwards and you don’t need to be a business to get involved. When you consider it costs each individual up to $1,000 to represent the club as a player a $500 donation is a small cost to support them back.
We are looking for a team sponsor for the new women’s team, thirds team, colts team and our integrated team. This will see your brand proudly displayed on these playing jumpers and also the team Polo’s for all the world to see. To find out more about how to be a club sponsor and what packages are available get in touch with the President Perry Kleppe on 0411117086.
Burrendah Terraces Redevelopment
On Thursday the 7th of November the club met with the manager of the Overall Development Plan (ODP) for Burrendah Reserve on location to review the scope of proposed works for a redevelopment of the terraces where we all congregate for a home game.
Council have agreed they recognise that we do need some support in view of the time period to the proposed redevelopment of the sorting Club building.
The shed as we know will be more than doubled in size and include an additional hardstand at an end and will possibly accommodate a food van to park up and have spectators being served while under cover.
There is also going to be a water & power supply to the structure. Our shed, which will be lost to an expansion of the car park, will be replaced by sea containers at the rear of this structure for us to store our gear and perhaps also some additional beer fridges so we don’t need to mess around with ice and esky’s any more.
The biggest improvement through of all will be the inclusion of a toilet up on the hill so that ladies & gents alike aren’t tempted to wander into the bush for their relief.
We will also be getting steps from the lower lever to the upper level directly in front of the shed so it’s easier to access the upper level and get to the BBQ, beer outlets and also the new toilet.
They estimate the cost to be in the area $150,000 and this will be this year’s budget requirements for sign off at end of June. So not to disrupt our season the works will commence immediately after the end of the 2020 season and be ready for the commencement of the 2021 season.
New Mayor City of Canning
The election for the new mayor at City of Canning has been run and won with the new mayor confirmed as Patrick Hall. Patrick has been on the council for two terms now and comes from a Police Force background where he served for 20 years.
The club had a meeting with Patrick on Friday the 8th of November just one week after his official start in the role which I think points to a positive relationship going forward between the club and the City of Canning.
The key point of discussion was the costs that are imposed by Council on the club to occupy the “Club Room” and other facilities at Burrendah. Patrick was surprised by the level of the cost we are exposed to and challenged his Manager on this.
The meeting ended with an agreement for us to get back together before the next council meeting to outline a way forward that is suitable to club and acceptable to the council, as well as a commitment from council to investigate why we cannot provide a ready supply of hot water to our showers and what they need to do to fix this issue.
You will be aware that in the election the club was backing in Yaso Ponnuthurai and this was on the basis that she was the councillor in place for the ward where the club is located. Patrick Hall has assured the WFC that this is no impediment to the relationship going forward and that he would probably not have been able to induct us to his support from a different ward.
What was clear was that there will be a major redevelopment of the facility at Burrendah but this will not begin for probably another five years. Patrick is very much behind this going ahead and it is included in the mid-term planning around the ODP for the reserve / sporting precinct.