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Falcons say fundamentals is key

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:25 PM

The West Perth Football District’s term 1 Footy Fundamentals Program is just around the corner and if you haven’t already booked your child in, now is the time. With places filling up fast for our Monday, Tuesday and Saturday classes don’t miss your chance to be a part of the best fundamental movement program for toddlers. Footy Fundamentals Coordinator Matt Debarro had this to say; “After the success of last year’s campaign we are looking to build on the delivery of the program to reach more and more kids and really create a fun learning environment that they can share with their parents.”

Classes will begin on Saturday the 6th of February and Monday the 8th of February at HBF Arena Joondalup, and Tuesday is at Lord’s indoor Recreation centre Subiaco commencing on the 9th of February.  Classes consist of 3 age groups; The Tiger Cubs class for 2-3 year olds, Falcons Fledglings for 3-4 year olds and the Lion Kings class for 4-5 year olds.  The program is designed to give participants a head start by developing their fundamental movement skills, developing their learning skills, and interacting with other kids.

To give your child a head start at becoming a future Falcon, visit the footy fundamentals website and register your child today.

Nicky Winmar Cup carnival 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Djinda Falcons are currently hosting training sessions in preparation for the 2016 Nicky Winmar Cup Carnival. 

Training details provided below:

  • Venue: HBF Arena
  • Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Day: Friday
  • Dates: January 22nd & 29th February 5th, 12th & 19th ,

Nominations are now open for this year’s carnival; to be eligible players must meet the following:

  • Born in 2001 or 2002. 
  • Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander
  • Live in the West Perth District

The Nicky Winmar Carnival was originally created to provide young Aboriginal youth with another platform to enter the WA Football talent pathway. The carnival targets disengaged players with the aim of getting them back into the football system at club level and in development squads.

This year the Nicky Winmar Cup will be held on Sunday March 6th at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah.

The Nicky Winmar Carnival provides participants with a direct opportunity to:

  • Participate in a structured WA football marquee event
  • Re-engage with educational and sport participation programs
  • Connect with AFL/WAFL mentors and role models
  • Potentially be identified for WAFL development pathways
  • Represent the state through selection into the AFLs National KickStart Championship

The overall goal of the carnival is to increase the amount of Aboriginal youth playing at community club level and representing their WAFL Zones in development squads.

The Nicky Winmar Carnival is played in a round robin format over one day. Competing teams are based on WAFL metro and regional zones. All teams are coached by Aboriginal coaches.

For further information contact:

Sharon Kenney: Indigenous Programs Coordinator and Djinda Falcons Team Manager

Mobile: 0400 203 660 Email:

Graham Mills: Falcons District Development Officer

Mobile: 0409 084 483 Email:

2016 AFL National Coaching Conference

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The AFL National Coaching Conference at Domain Stadium in Perth, from Friday (evening) 5th – Sunday 7th February is a great place to start your professional development and refresh your enthusiasm for the 2016 season.

This will be the 14th edition of the AFL National Coaching Conference and it promises to be another fantastic opportunity for coaches, at any level, to continue their development as a coach and leader of their football club.

Whether you are at the beginning of your coaching career or have been a long term coach, the National Coaching Conference caters for all levels of experience, including junior community, development, or State League coaches.


The AFL National Coaching Conference always attracts some of the best names in the game as participants and presenters including AFL Senior and Assistant Coaches. West Coast Eagles senior coach Adam Simpson will be presenting the opening keynote address

In addition to the wonderful support received from current and former AFL experts, the National Coaching Conference also attracts other highly regarded presenters including a number of national and senior coaches from other sports, and relevant experts from other related fields.

Currently confirmed speakers for the conference include:

Adam Simpson (West Coast Eagles)
Stan Alves (AFL Coaching Ambassador) 
Luke Ball (AFL Operations)
Michelle Cowan (Melbourne Women’s Coach 2014/15)
Kim Mercer (Fremantle)
Adrian Fletcher ( AFL Queensland)
David Parkin (AFL Coaching Ambassador)
Michael Prior (Fremantle) 
Brenton Sanderson (AFL Academies)
Peter Sumich (Fremantle)
Ric Charlesworth
Mark Evans
Hugh Van Cuylenberg
Craig Starcevich
Glenn Stewart
Adrian Hickmott 
Nathan Burke


A draft program for the AFL National Coaching Conference has been released, click here to see the drafted program

Conference Prices:

Accredited Coaches
Whole Conference $360.00 
Friday Only $95.00 
Saturday Only $225.00 
Sunday Only $170.00

Non-Accredited Coaches
Whole Conference $400.00 
Friday Only $140.00 
Saturday Only $260.00 
Sunday Only $200.00

Be part of a unique opportunity to mix with other coaches from all levels of the game from around Australia and talk serious footy for three days – share, debate, discuss and validate your ideas to improve your coaching effectiveness.

Click here to register now for the 2016 AFL National Coaching Conference.

Club Development: Clubs in Focus Conference- open to all local footy clubs in the Falcons District

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Clubs in-focus Club Conference 2016 
Sporting Clubs as Community Organisations

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
The Council Chamber 
Joondalup Civic Centre 
Boas Avenue, Joondalup 

The Clubs in-focus Club Conference is here. The Falcons District will again partner with the City of Joondalup for the annual Club Development Conference and we encourage all clubs to ensure you attend with one if not muilticple committee members. This conference is incredibly valuable and well worth the time of your volunteers.

The City is honoured to confirm Brad Robbins, former Perth Wildcats Captain, as the Key Note Speaker as well as Chris Barty  2015 Pararoo as Master of Ceremonies for the evening! 

The conference will feature a keynote speech, four streams with two breakout sessions and the Industry Expo. Clubs are encouraged to send four representatives, one to attend each stream. Breakout sessions feature the following topics: Making the Change! Associations Incorporations Act 2015, Concussion Identification & Management, Financial Management Part 1 & 2, Engaging Young Adults as Leaders, Presidents, Sponsorship and Functional Committees. 

RSVP Online by 1 March 2016. For further information please contact the Club Development Team on 9400 4252.

Clubs in-focus program

The City’s Clubs in-focus program is dedicated to supporting the volunteers of its local sport and recreation clubs, to encourage and enhance their capacity to deliver sport and recreation opportunities to the community. The program focuses on four main areas:

1.    Communication

2.    Capacity Building

3.    Grants and Funding

4.    Recognition

For further information please contact the City on 9400 4252 or via email.

2016 Coach Accreditation Information

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 1:32 PM

Coach reaccreditations Open

If your coach accreditation has recently expired and you wish to renew your accreditation simply click onto the link provided:

All coaches applying for reaccreditation are required to show sufficient evidence of:

  • Active coaching over the previous four years
  • A same level accreditation that expired after 30/12/2014
  • Further coach education over the previous four years.

Please note that you are only eligible for reaccreditation if your previous accreditation expired after 1/12/2014. Once completed your reaccreditation will be received by your district development officer to approve and confirmed with WAFC central. This will acquire a fee of $110.00 and your accreditation will be reinstated for a remaining four years.


Level 1 Coaching Courses – (Auskick/Junior/Youth)

Dates for the Metro North have been set for our Level 1 Auskick, Junior & Youth coaching courses (Please see below for dates and venues). All courses are competency based course whereby the coach must prove they are capable of conducting and communicating the basics of the game to players of different ages.

Level 1 Courses are 1 day in length with some online components required as a pre-requisite. The courses cost $165 and include;

  • Four Year coach accreditation
  • Course Booklet
  • Coaching Manual
  • Coaching Resource
  • Lunch
  • Certificate and AFL Coaches Card
  • Fortnightly AFL Community Newsletter
  • Four Year Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Membership which includes;
    1. Annual pass to all WAFL games (except finals)
    2. AFCA Member Lanyard
    3. Free Access to all AFCA Coaching Seminars
    4. Access to exclusive AFCA events
    5. Discounted AFCA Merchandise
    6. Discounted Coaching Resources
    7. AFCA Newsletter

Sunday 10th April – Medibank Stadium (Leederville)

Sunday 17th April – HBF Arena (Joondalup)

Monday 13th & 20th June – Claremont Showgrounds

All clubs will be notified when registrations are open, please check district web site and liaise with your club for updates.


Level 1 Coaching Courses – (Senior)

For information relating to Level 1 Senior Courses please contact Graham Mills on 9300-3611 oir email 



As we all seek to further develop our own coaching capabilities we are so often seeking resources and assistance to help better ourselves as coaches. Below are lists of a number of useful links that will direct you to a number of resources ranging from: - Skills & Drills, Warm Up & recovery, Game sense coaching, key points in Skills & development, Level 2 Coaching presentations, AFL Coaching Articles, Coaching Guides, Decision making drills and many, many more. - A fantastic site that covers all areas of football ranging from coaching, players, umpires, schools, health & fitness and courses. This is a great site to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the AFL and community. Provide coaches with resources, skills drills & strategies, coaching tips covering philosophies, preparation & motivation, game day, leadership, developing elite players and much, much more. - User friendly application/program that can help you construct your own training sessions

Covers – Pre –Season, stretches fitness and Training (construct plan sessions & season), a drill library of updated drills including focus areas such as positions, decision making, and contested ball and just as important drills for fun. Video footage of the skills and drills can be provided and stored.




Coaching Vacancy: Yanchep Red Hawks FC (Senior)

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 4:14 PM

The Yanchep Red Hawks Football Club is seeking applicants for a volunteer Level 1 Senior Football or above accredited AFL Coach for the 2016/17 seasons. 

The successful applicant will be coaching our senior football side in the E1 division in the WAAFL.

Along with the anticipated playing and coaching experience, ideally the successful applicant should have a strong desire to succeed and aspire to develop our other coaching staff.

Whilst the club is not in a position to renumerate the successful applicant, coaching expenses will be reimbursed.

Applications can be emailed to the secretary at

Further information can be provided by calling the Yanchep Red Hawks club President, Phil Smeeton on 0408 933 08

Applications close 30 January 2016.

West Coast Eagles Panel Night and Coaching Masterclass

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The WAFC in partnership with the West Coast Eagles will be hosting a Coaching Masterclass and Panel Night at Lathlain Park on Monday 8th February 2016.


The event hosted by Clint Weldon will include an expert coaching session from WCE coaching group, Q/A panel, squad signing and is a rare opportunity for community football stakeholders to gain direct access to one of the AFL’s most professional and successful teams of recent times.


We would encourage any interested parties from all Districts to attend and benefit from the event.


The event details are as follows –


WCE Sportsman’s Night

Date – Monday 8th February, 2016

Location – Lathlain Park, Cnr Goddard and Bishopgate Street

Time – 7:30pm-10:00pm


Cost- $25/ per head or $200 table of 10 person

*All tables of 10 will go into the draw to win a signed 2016 West Coast Eagles Jumper

*Bar facilities and light refreshments available


Registration Link –


Coaching Master Class  ***Free Event****

Date- Monday 8th February, 2016

Location- Lathlain Park, Cnr Goddard and Bishopgate Street

Time – 6:00pm-7:00pm


Registration Link -


** This session is open to all coaches and will be capped at the first 50 coaches to register***


If you require further information please contact Isaac Stewart (Central Metro Community Development Manager) on 0429 000 347 or Matt McNally (Metro North District Operations Manager) on 0400361188

New laws for incorporated associations and clubs coming in 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 9:24 AM

New laws have been passed which are aimed at helping incorporated associations in WA operate more efficiently by providing them with a clearer framework in which to operate.

The new law will replace the existing Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and will apply to all existing incorporated associations in Western Australia.  It is the culmination of many years of work by the Department and key stakeholders in the not for profit sector and will provide incorporated associations with a legal framework that reflects modern expectations around corporate governance and the need to protect the privacy of association members.

The changes are expected to come into effect from 1 July 2016.

In the coming months the Department will release more information and resources on their website including step by step guides to assist incorporated associations through this transition period.

What do we do now?

It is important to understand that the new law will not come into effect until 1 July 2016 so in the meantime the current 1987 Act still applies. The new proposals will require associations to review their rules or constitution but there is a generous three year time frame to get this done.

Right now it is important to:

1. Enrol for AssociationsOnline and ensure that your contact details are up to date. If you are not registered already you can request a username and password by completing the online enrolment form.

2. Make sure you know when your association’s financial year ends. In preparing for the financial reporting requirements introduced by the new law it is important to understand your association’s current financial record keeping practices and identify any areas where there could be room for improvement.

The new accounting and financial reporting requirements will apply from the first financial year of an association that commences on or after 1 July 2016. For example an association with a financial year that runs from 1 July to 30 June must comply with the requirements starting from 1 July 2016. An association with a financial year that runs from 1 January to 31 December must comply from 1 January 2017.  These reporting requirements are based on financial tiers based on assets and turnover.

We will have information about these changes available early in 2016.

Transition Pack for associations and clubs

At each stage of the new laws’ introduction the Department will be releasing a Transition Pack explaining what associations are required to do at that particular time. Our first Transition Pack will be released in February to help associations understand the financial tier process and the annual reporting requirements.

Enrol for AssociationsOnline now to ensure you are notified as soon as this Transition Pack becomes available.

Year 5/6 Girls kick goals in Dockers Cup Carnival

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 3:44 PM

One of the West Perth Football District’s game development focusses in our schools has been the growth and engagement of women in AFL.  Through various programs and initiatives the district has worked to encourage girls to get involved in AFL, especially with the AFL prospect of a women’s competition proposed for 2020.

One of the competitions is our annual Year 5 and 6 Girl’s Dockers Cup Lightning Carnival. The competition took place on Tuesday, 27th October at Macdonald Park in Padbury. This year’s competition saw 4 teams from within the district compete in a round robin carnival. Development Assistant Matt Debarro said “The day was all about the girls coming and having a go, and to show them that AFL isn’t just a sport for boys.”

The day consisted of a skills clinic conducted by District staff followed by round robin matches played throughout the day. Development Officer Graham Mills commented “I was Impressed with the ability of the girls. The skills, teamwork and enthusiasm was amazing. I was most impressed with the level of tackling; the girls went in hard and safely executed the wrap tackle extremely well.”

The day was concluded with a presentation and talk with state women’s AFL Player Zoe Huggett giving the girls an overview of her journey in AFL, as well as Joondalup Falcons coach and Merriwa Primary School Physical Education teacher Christine Leonard sharing some insight into women playing AFL.

Quinns Primary School Teacher James Robins said “The carnival was a great day, my girls loved it. They had loads of fun.”

A big Thankyou to all the schools who participated, particularly the teachers for helping the West Perth district’s continued endeavour in growing our great game within the community. We look forward to next year’s competition which will be held in Term 2.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 4:09 PM









When: 8:45am Monday 26th October 2015


To register or for more information please contact:

 Katrina Smith at Wanneroo Secondary College on 9206 6562 or at