MORLEY Windmills Soccer Club will utilise new training equipment, coaching courses and a refurbished clubroom to help “rebuild” its juniors.
The club, originally formed as Windmills Soccer Club by Dutch immigrants in 1950, has more than 130 players including 62 juniors.
The State Government granted the club $10,000 towards pop-up goals, bibs, agility poles, training balls and two coaching accreditation courses.
This followed City of Bayswater’s $70,000 funding contribution for refurbishment works including replacement of the roof in the main clubroom and electrical works at the club’s home ground at Wotton Reserve in Embleton.
President Sharyn Smith said the equipment enabled the club to hold cluster days, where junior players from other clubs took part in drills and a tour of the club.
“It was really helpful is us securing a cluster and that is really great because it brings all the juniors to your club,” she said.
“Certainly we will be looking forward to doing it again next year.”
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, who helped secure the $10,000 grant with Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, said the equipment and coaching courses would help the club’s junior program.
Ms Smith said the opening of the clubrooms, which were shared with two other clubs under the Morley Windmills Sports Club, held on June 16, was an example of volunteers working together to foster soccer at the highest level.
“We were broken into through the roof, however, it did delay some of the project,” she said.
“But sports club president John Castrilli and his project management team worked really swiftly with the City of Bayswater and got everything sorted out.
“The difference in the club is absolutely amazing.”
She said the goal was to increase junior numbers and remain in the State League Division 1, where the men’s team were playing in the division for the first time.