We hope you've been having a good off-season. While you've been relaxing and having a break from football your committee has been hard at work preparing for the 2021 season. Check out all the latest news and headlines from the club below:
Registrations & Transfers Are Open!
Pre-Christmas Training Starts Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Pre-Season Training Starts Monday 18th January 2021
New Committee in Operation
Social Membership and Sponsor a Colt
Rotto Swim Team
New Willo Babies
City of Canning Relationship Building
Masters Team in 2022?
2020 Yearbook - Download the Whole Yearbook Here
Registration & Transfers Are Open!! Free Training Singlet!!
Missing footy already? Well here’s some good news, player registrations are open for the 2021 season! We believe footy should be fun and affordable and if you haven't heard already we are reducing the registration fees for 2021 to just $50 for all teams! There will be a slight increase to game fees however overall total fees for the 2021 season will be about $100 cheaper than previous full seasons. This makes us the lowest cost club in the Perth Football league for fees!
On top of such low fees the first 100 players (men and women) to register and attend training will receive a free 2021 training singlet!
Make sure you let all your mates know about our sensationally low registration fees and the free training singlet so they can register with Willetton as well.
To register simply CLICK HERE and follow the prompts.
We know there are lots of players at other clubs pretty envious of what we are building at Willetton and would be considering a shift to join in the atmosphere and culture. Player Transfers have also opened until the 30th November this year, re-opening again from February 1st 2021, cant promise there will be any singlets left by then so if you need a transfer email email@example.com now!
Pre-Christmas Training Starts Wednesday 2nd December 2020At the moment it looks like 2021 will be a full length, 18 round season plus finals, so it’s important that players go into the season in tip top condition! Not only will you look good and feel better but you will be less likely to pick up any injuries throughout the season.
This is why a Pre-season is so important for everyone looking at playing in 2021. The Club will commence its pre-season program with some general running and fitness work from Wednesday 2nd December 2020 running for 3 weeks with the lkast session being on Wednesday 16th December 2020 before week break for Christmas.
We will be running a free sausage sizzle as well as some drinks for our first Pre-Christmas training session and we'd love to see you and all your mates down at the club before the Christmas break!
Pre-Season Training Starts Monday 18th January 2021
Pre-season training will officially kick off on Monday the 18th of January 2021 and we will be running a free sausage sizzle so you have a chance to catch up with all your mates after Christmas. Training will run Mondays and Wednesday until March so anyone that plays cricket doesn't have to choose one sport over the other. New players are welcome to come down and get a feel for the footy club. We are looking forward to see all the familiar faces at these sessions as well as a lot of new ones too!
New Committee in Operation
Footy may have ceased for the year and all the playing fields are now occupied by the cricket clubs but your club committee never sleeps. The first committee meeting for the 2021 season was held at our sponsors venue CY O’Connor Village Pub on the 22nd of October.
If you aren't familiar with your new committee or how they can be contacted here they are:
President & Sponsorship Manager - Perry Kleppe
Vice President & Bar Manager - Mark Windsor
Secretary - Lachlan Perhavec
Treasurer - Josh Edwards
Registrar - Brendan Waswo
Football Operations Manager - Alan Rowlands
Womens Football & Merchandise Manager - Helen Hunter
Canteen Manager - Tania Kleppe
Events Committee Manager - Jamie Pratley
Social Media Manager - Emily Polett
Website & Newsletter Manager - Liam Arbuckle (transitioning from Lachlan Perhavec)
Grants Manager - Bethany Laybourne
Fundraising Manager - Chan Woo Park
Player Recruitment and Past Player Liaison - Dwain Watkins
For the 1st time in memory the committee was oversubscribed with volunteers and every key role on the committee has been filled by one person so we don’t have one individual filling multiple roles plus we have an events subcommittee to deal with the organisation and management of the events calendar.
With a new lease in place for the club room, giving the club a true home for its 1st time ever, the redevelopment of the Northern Oval Hill ready for the new season and a bumper events Calendar we are expecting the Willetton Football Club to be a thriving active and social hub when we open for business again in the new year.
You heard it hear 1st, while yet to be ratified with any council planning requirements (but preliminary enquiries in this area are very positive) the Club will be introducing tap beer into its new club room facility in time for the new season. All your old favourite packaged beer options will still remain but who doesn’t prefer a frosty, frothy point or middy of freshly poured beer!
Social Membership and Sponsor a Colt Program
Social memberships for the 2021 season are also open. For a small outlay of only $30.00 you can be a Card-Carrying Member of the Willetton Football Club, what’s more you get great value for your contribution to the club. All 2021 Social members will be issued with the new 2021 seasons club beanie or cap, stubby holder & membership card and you will also be eligible for the Thursday & Saturday membership draw Jackpot.
Make your membership really do some great work for the club and upgrade it to a Blue Level Sponsor a Colt membership as well. For an additional $50.00 you will be helping a new Colt keeping their fees low! Register your interest in social membership or colts sponsorship below:
A significant proportion of the fees paid by players go toward the cost of insurance for players, but the level of insurance given under this program is inadequate and any player who has suffered a season ending knee injury or some other significant injury will attest to that.
The problem as we see it is the cover definition is for death and total & permanent disability only and where an injury could keep a player out or work and result in loss of income and additional medical costs there is no support at all and all the risk & potential cost, just to play footy at our club, is still with the individual player.
In 2021 your club will upgrade the standard cover to a Platinum level cover for each team and player that represents the club. This will extend cover to players for injuries as well as the existing death & disablement and also support them with income loss and gaps in medical fees.
The Club is going to implement this regardless but is also seeking a sponsor to help us offset the cost. We expect the cost to the club to be in the area of $4,000 so any financial support for some or all of this amount would be extremely valuable and gratefully appreciated. As far as we can ascertain through the Perth Football League this will see Willetton as one of the only clubs with this insurance support in place for their player group.
We also believe that it says something about the club’s commitment to and sense of respect and duty of care to our player group and sends a message to the competition that we are a great destination club for footy players.
Rotto Swim Team
If almost stealing the grand final from the undefeated Swan Athletic club wasn’t exciting enough our Women’s team has decided to field a team in the 2021 Rottnest Channel Swim. The team will comprise the 2020 Team Co-captain, Bethany Laybourne, Meredith Cramer, Rachael Mann and Jasmin Wynen-Gaugg and their support members on board the support boat, supplied by Jasmin’s mum Natalie Wynen & her partner Mike Sparkman with Rachael’s partner Andy Xydas escorting the swimmers all the way across paddling his canoe.
Apart from the $350pp cost to participate there is the cost of the fuel for the boat, parking the boat trailer etc. So we are putting it there for anyone to get on board with any financial contribution to support our girls in representing the Willetton Football Club in what is a very challenging event while giving the club some great exposure.
There is also a rumor that the majority of the women’s team will be heading to Rotto on the day to cheer on the teams arrival and celebrate back at the Quokka Arms. If Ladies day 2020 is anything to go on we had better call them at the Quakka Arms and give them some advance notice of the pending invasion.
Probably too late for a mens team but will be looking to do something for the 2022 event and the president Perry Kleppe has put his hand up to be the 1st member of the team, so looking for 3 others to join us for the 2022 Rottnest Channel Swim. Can be any one, you don’t need to be player, past players are most welcome and we do have some huge history within the club in this regard with former player Murray Glaskin having completed 10 Solo crossings, any chance we could entice you out or retirement Muz now you have your 2 new knees?
New Willo Babies
The Willetton Footy Club is pretty keen to evolve its culture and how we are perceived as an organisation within the community. We feel that this will be enhanced by not only celebrating our clubs history but also its potential future.
The club is probably heading into its 4th generation of players coming through the ranks, with many of the 3rd Gen still heavily involved in the club but now also growing their own families. We would like to celebrate this within the club as well with perhaps a quarterly update on all the new arrivals into the WFC extended family!
There are probably more but from 2020 current players Nat Broomfield and Adam Doig both welcomed new babies into their lives, so a bit of a late recognition to you both and your respective partners… and good luck.
Late in the year a former club captain and club champion, now a newly minted committee
member in the role of Past Players Liaison, Dwayne Watkins also welcomed a new baby. Congrats to you and your partner also Dwayne.
If you have any information in this regard please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming into the 2020 season the club was in a rather precarious position with an operating loss in 2019 and limited finds in reserve. The year started extremely promising with great numbers at preseason preparations but then the Corona Virus arrived to derail everything and it looked like 2020 was going to be a non-event.
Credit to the Perth Football League who put together a plan to have a revised season and we were able to get the club moving forward again with 5 home games.
The support from our Willetton footy community in our attendances at the annual Past Players day event, the support given to our Ladies Day event and from the players who attended every Thursday and Saturday evening was without doubt a huge boost for the club with food and beverage revenue.
Most sponsors also stayed the course in the 2020 season and honored their original pledges of financial support despite the uncertainty with the season and for that we are extremely grateful, an enormous thank you to all our 2020 Sponsors and we will continue to support your brands and business’s going forward into the 2021 season.
The 2020 season also saw the club embark on a new program of grant applications and were very successful in securing a number of small grants through the city of Canning and a Covid19 Resilience Grant from Lotterywest.
Unlike other revenue sources though Grants must get spent in specific areas or items and are not simply consolidated revenue to add to the clubs coffers. You will see the impact of these grants being applied in the next 12 months with a number of new initiatives around the club getting underway.
Fingers crossed it doesn’t happen but in the event of a repeat of the 2020 season and we are again faced with a resurgence of the pandemic the Willetton Football Club is financially secure and will be able to weather the storm.
City of Canning Relationship Building
Over the course of the 2019 and 2020 seasons the committee has been garnering a new relationship model with the City of Canning. The club’s direction has been adjusted to meet with the expectations of the City of Canning around key benchmarks of inclusiveness (both culturally and community related), overall growth in memberships and expansion into the womens competition.
With the support of Councilor Yaso Ponnuthurai, from the Beelier Ward where the Willetton club is located, the Committee has been drawing attention to the Clubs credentials in these areas while continued to expand on its penetrations into support for other community groups.
We are confident that this has been material to the City of Canning’s decision to support the Willetton Football Clubs application for funding to redevelop the Burrendah North Oval Terraces, ahead of some other programs already in the system, with works there to commence in February 2021 and completed ready for our 2021 season start
In the 2019 season the Willetton Football Club paid in the area of $19,000 into the City of Canning bank account for room and ground hire, with the lions’ share being for room hire. At the October Council Meeting the Willetton Football Club was granted a lease over the room with the hire costs being replaced by a lease with an annual fee of $375.00 plus outgoings.
Masters Team in 2021/2022?
So far we've only had about 10 blokes register their interest in a masters team. If you are 35 or older and miss playing football let us know below. We need at least 30 blokes keen to play. Masters only play once a fortnight so it's not so hard on your older bodies.
We would love to have a masters team in 2021 but if we can't get enough interest for this season we will be encouraging our future masters players to get down to training and train with the thirds during the season (you might even manage to get a game in our thirds team) and then we will be aiming to have the numbers for a masters team in 2022!
It was about this time last year that we put out there the club was looking at a Women's team for the 2020 season. Who would have thought this would have resulted in what was achieved by the end of year. Not only did it inject a whole new vibe into the club it changed the social lives of everyone who got involved.
So here we are, same time of year and making the new call “Lets Get A Masters Team Going for 2021”. We really do want to get as many of our Past Players back into the club in any capacity but especially as players in our Masters team. You’re never too old to play footy these days so we issue all past players with a challenge to return to the club and show us just how accurate your recollections of past glories and skills really are. To b
Get fit, get back together with old mates, get on board with the ACT, BELONG, COMMITT culture and you could even get yourselves some new legendary stories.
Make your expression of interest through the website below: