Port to power footy camp

POWERING WHYALLA: Port Adelaide President David Koch and Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin are excited about the community camp coming to the steel city.
POWERING WHYALLA: Port Adelaide President David Koch and Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin are excited about the community camp coming to the steel city.

On the back of a major sponsorship deal with GFG Alliance, the Port Adelaide Football Club will host a free junior coaching clinic at Bennett Oval next Monday.

The clinic is part of Port’s 2019 Community Camp, which will see up to 37 Port players will visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes, kindergartens and football clubs to brush arms with locals.

Port Adelaide’s Youth Programs Manager Jake Battifuoco said the camp was a great opportunity for the players to give back to the regional community. 

“The boys love getting into the schools and having a kick with the kids,” Mr Battifuoco said. 

“The whole club gets involved and it is a very rewarding experience for staff, players, and members of the regional community.” 

At the same time as the 4:30pm-6pm clinic at Bennet Oval, Power assistant coach Jarrad Schofield and development coach Scott Thompson will be hosting a coach education forum at the Weeroona Bay Football Club for all junior and senior coaches. 

“We encourage all local kids in the area to come along to meet the players, have a kick and catch, and an autograph signing session,” Mr Battifuoco said. 

“The same for the local coaches - it would be great to see a big turnout for the opportunity to meet and learn from our coaches in a pretty unique setting.” 

A Sportsman’s Dinner will be held at the West Whyalla Football Club from 6:30pm for a 7pm start with all money raised during the visit going back into local football in the region.

Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said the camp would give the young people of Whyalla something to aspire to.

“Not just to play AFL, but to also take some healthy choices on whatever path in life they take, through the training and mentorship the Power are going to provide,” she said.

“It is also going to provide an economic boost to the city and an increased presence on the national landscape.

“When people watch television and see the Power playing a game or holding a community camp here, it will shine a whole new light on Whyalla.”

Plans to have the Port Power AFL side play a JLT pre-season game in Whyalla in 2020 are also underway as part of the GFG sponsorship deal.