Yanchep junior football club expects to field more teams

Some of the Yanchep Districts Junior Football Club’s players at Splendid Park recently. Picture: Anita McInnes

YANCHEP Districts Junior Football Club’s membership has increased by 285 per cent since 2016 with the club also expecting to field more teams next year than this year.

The Redhawks club offers teams in all age groups from Year 3-12, mixed, boys’ and girls’ teams.

Yanchep Districts Junior Football Club (YDJFC) president Naomi Lucas said the club’s priorities were: inclusivity (footy was for anyone that wants to play, regardless of natural talent or ability), community (strives to provide a welcoming club and family environment, and to be an important support of community health and wellness), supporting youth mental health (the importance of ‘belonging’ and being physically active).

She said the club offered an award-winning Auskick program, which catered for children from pre-primary to Year 2.

In partnership with the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) the club hosts a football fundamentals program, catering for three and four-year-olds.

In 2021 the club had 15 teams and in 2022, between 18 and 21 teams are likely.

Thirteen youth players were selected for the Perth Football Club or West Perth Football Club development squad.

Twenty players from Year 6-8 were selected for Fremantle Football Club’s Next Generation Academy.

The club’s Auskick program won the WAFC’s Auskick program of the year for the West Perth district.

“Our Auskick coordinator of 2020 and 2021, Ren’e Brown, was a finalist in the WAFC’s Auskick volunteer of the year award.

The club’s Year 5-6 girls coach, Jacinta Fisher, was a finalist in the WAFC’s Go for Two and Five Modifieds (Year 3-6) coach of the year award.

The club’s Year 9 coach, Paul Davies, was a finalist in the WAFC’s youth coach of the year award.

The club’s Year 7-8 girls coach, Carrie Fisher, was the winner of the WAFC’s youth coach of the year award for the West Perth District.

This year the club had its first female club champion, Sophie Fisher, of the Year 7-8 girls’ team.