The West Australian Football Commission has confirmed a key appointment to support its new Talent Development Model.
AFL National Talent Football Manager Michael Ablett will join the WAFC as WA talent pathway manager.
The role has been added as a key recommendation of the WAFC’s recent Structural Review of Football and will commence in 2018.
WAFC chief executive Gavin Taylor said that to secure such a high-quality candidate was a terrific outcome for WA Football.
“Michael has a broad range of experience working in talent development from a community level through to AFL and will add significantly to the WAFC’s vision of connecting and enhancing WA communities through our great game,” he said.
“Michael’s national and international experience working in talent identification and development with the AFL Academy, combined with his background as a player at VFL, Nationals 18s and AFL level, make him the ideal candidate to lead our team of WAFL Talent Managers.
“The chance to secure someone with Michael’s deep experience in the development of talented players is a great outcome for WA Football.
“This will be a challenging and exciting role for Michael, as the new talent development model is established across our nine WAFL clubs and I believe he brings the right mix of skills, experience and understanding of the WA Football market and its stakeholders to ensure it is a success,” Mr Taylor said.
The WAFC’s new Talent Development Program aims to set a higher standard for the way the WAFC identifies and supports the development of talented players in WA.
Having secured $1 million in additional funding from the AFL, WA will now have one of the best-resourced talent development programs in Australia.
When combined with the WAFC State Academies and coaches of the likes of Peter Sumich and Tony Micale, the revised model will ensure players are provided with the best opportunities to develop their talent to the highest level in a positive, supportive and professional environment.