Mass exodus of footy players creates need for new generation
IT was a sudden exodus of footy players that caused an AFL club to fall short on numbers, which saw the need for a new generation.
Whitsunday Sea Eagles president Chris Morrison said most of the graduates moved on once they finished high school, which caused team numbers to fall short of a competition.
He said the club started a training program in response.
"We tried to get the program up and running last summer and again that fell short on numbers," Morrison said.
This happened back in 2019 and prompted him to start a new program dedicated to teaching women aged 13 and up on October 28 this year.
"Initially, it's an eight-week program, Wednesday night and then from 5-6pm, from ages 13 and up, the idea was to try and hopefully get more girls involved in the under-14s, 14 and a half team, plus also build numbers up to hopefully re-enter the competition with the senior women's team in 2021, " Morrison said.
"So yeah, we have a pretty good age range at the moment and the early response has been pretty good."
Morrison said 17 girls from the team would distribute flyers and spread word about the program on social media.
He said the players had put in a good effort and he saw potential.
"(We're) using social media as much as we can, using that platform through our club page and other groups."
Through their efforts, the club has been able to increase numbers.
He said the program does not finish until Wednesday, December 16.
Visit the club page on Facebook for further information.