Football: Swan Districts transforming into a ‘community club’, according to CEO

Swan Districts chief executive Jeff Dennis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Swan Districts chief executive Jeff Dennis. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

BUILDING connections with players with disabilities, men and women has helped Swan Districts move from a “narrowly defined” football club to a community club.

The club, founded in 1932, has won eight WAFL premierships, six colts premierships, four WA Women’s Football League senior premierships and two WAWFL reserves premierships. Chief executive Jeff Dennis said the club aimed to support the whole integrated football competition.

“We are trying to create the perception or understanding that Steel Blue Oval is a home away from home for people with disabilities,” he said.

“What we are trying to do is use this mainstream facility and club to integrate them into what normally happens around football.”

Dennis said one of the club’s most important values was “everyone matters”.

“Whether it is Indigenous people, people with disability, male or female, gay or straight, we are looking to include everyone,” he said.