THESE days there is increasingly more to the local sporting club than meets the eye.
Many local and regional clubs are following the lead of Australia’s elite and implementing educational programs to encourage and develop leadership within the community.
Sport has always played a vital role in the education and development of the next generation, encouraging teamwork, communication, responsibility, assertion and self-belief.
The Sports Leadership Local and Regional Team Program at the Warriors Football Club in Moora is taking this education to a new level with the innovative leadership program they launched upon the commencement of this season.
The new program, which is run by the sports leadership coach with the support of Warriors leadership facilitator David Stribley, promotes confidence and social and emotional intelligence and teaches young players how to get the most out of themselves, their club and their community.
The program has been is backed and supported by the WA Country Football League. “With the challenges of running a football club in regional WA increasing, the WACFL has identified the need for the young men in regional WA to be trained on what it is to be a great leader,” WACFL operations manager Joe Georgiades said.
“As well as being a great place to socialise, footy clubs can potentially become a place that grooms the next generation of leaders for the community and we are hopeful of seeing some positive results coming out of Moora.”
Warriors Football Club is well on schedule with its two year plan to re-establish a competitive team in the CMCFL league competition and the program fits well with their aim to provide the best environment for young local players to get the most out of being involved with a successful club.
“We look forward to this first group of leadership trainees helping us build a solid foundation for the club to grow on as we move forward and make a positive contribution to the community,” Stribley said.
Richard Maloney is the owner and head facilitator of the program and is currently the leadership and culture coach for the Western Bulldogs AFL team.
Maloney was also the 2004 premiership captain for the Subiaco football club.
Part of his team is Todd Holmes, former Subiaco premiership player and West Coast Eagle.
Holmes heads up the program facilitation in WA.