GLENORCHY District Football Club has kicked off the new decade looking to the future after a huge year of centenary celebrations.
The club celebrated its 100 year anniversary with a number of noteworthy events, including a centennial game against Clarence and a gala dinner at Wrest Point, which more than 450 people attended.
Events and fundraisers were also held for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and the neonatal unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Now the focus has shifted to preparing for the next 100 years by making the club stay relevant in the Glenorchy community.
“Footy clubs don’t hold the prominence like they did for a long time, so we realised we needed to build our own community around us rather than just being a centre point that the community comes to,” club coach Paul Kennedy said.
“We had a process where players, coaches, board members, volunteers, parents, supporters, school principals and local charity workers gave their input about what this club is about, what we stand for, what makes us relevant in the community and what our priorities need to be in the short and long term.”
Mr Kennedy said a number of key priorities for the club in 2020 were determined.
“We need to develop key pillars around areas like the football pathway, youth engagement, being a social hub, and producing a great day at the footy so people have positive memories of this club and want to get other people involved,” he said.
“A lot of this stuff is built around the way we engage with families and teenagers, and if we do that right then the other things like producing good footballers, having people use this as a social hub, and having people come to games and support the club will all take care of itself.”
Club general manager Duncan Warburton said one of the ways the club was turning itself into a community hub was through merging the junior and senior club’s into a ‘one club’ model.
“A player can now come here and start in the under sixes and he’ll be at this one club all the way to seniors, rather than juniors and seniors being run as separate entities,” he said.
“It also means we’ll have more assistance from volunteers and will encourage parents and families to get involved in the club.”
Mr Warburton said the one club model, along with several events to be held throughout the year, were to help make the club a place for the people within the Glenorchy community.
“This will be a community hub where people can come along to a brand new building and can have a great function, gathering or meeting,” he said.
“It’s here for the people and we’re holding wedding, engagement parties, Christmas dinners, birthday parties and school leavers dinners.”
Caption: From left, juniors Jordy Blyth and Fletcher Salter prepare for the new year with Glenorchy District Football Club coach Paul Kennedy.