Two colours, one club

UNITING as one is the new ethos for the Glenorchy District Football Club (GDFC) as it welcomes the union of its junior and senior clubs, heralding in a new era for the local club.

The landmark development has came on the back of recent staffing changes including new senior coach and former Victorian Football League player Paul Kennedy, general manager Duncan Warburton, underage/junior president Tony Hilder and senior president John McCann.

Mr Hilder said the club had previously had a strong focus on the senior side.

He said the merging of the junior and senior clubs “as one” would help develop and nurture the next generation of stars.

“Coming together as one will see all identities wearing the black and white colours, from the little Auskick players through to all our junior, underage, senior, girls and women’s teams,” he said.

“This will also mean that all our members will be able to fully utilise our new facilities and resources, which are proving to be the best in Tasmania.”

Mr Hilder said uniting under one banner would provide a clear development pathway for junior players.

“Over the past few years, we have been seeing a drop off in junior participation and there was a very clear divide between the junior and senior clubs,” he said.

“This new direction we are taking will bridge that gap and see a greater focus placed on the transition path for young players through the club.

“Our new senior coach Paul Kennedy will be taking a more active role in the junior side by co-coaching the under-16 and under-18 teams, alongside leading our senior team forward into 2018.

“Having that interaction with a professional coach and taste of the senior side will hopefully give our junior players something to aspire to.

“This change is something our club community has been wanting for a long time and the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”

By sharing the use of the new state-of-the-art KGV facilities, general manager Duncan Warburton said GDFC was also hoping to embrace other sporting and community organisations.

GDFC will be hosting a Registration Gala Day at 11am on 18 February 2018 at KGV, where senior coach and players will be available to “have a kick.”

“We invite any younger players who wish to be a part of this exciting new direction at GDFC to come along and check out our new facilities,” Mr Warburton said.

Caption: Glenorchy District Football Club has now united as “one club.” Pictured, club representatives from Auskick, juniors, underage, women and senior sides. Photo credit: Michael Webb.

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