AMERICAN football looks set to thrive in the region, with a healthy side already brewing from last week’s affiliation of Stratton’s Swan City Titans.
Representative of the gridiron club Layke Rossiello said local growth of the sport would only drive growth of the league and strengthen the competition in WA.
The former Geelong Buccaneers vice-president approached the City of Swan about developing a club after moving from Victoria to Greenmount and realising his closest team was 30 minutes away.
With council backing and incorporation, Gridiron West voted unanimously to affiliate the club at a May 9 committee meeting.
The club will hold a senior open day at Farrall Oval, Stratton from 2pm on Sunday, June 4.
They have already had more than 80 people express interest in joining through the Titans’ social media and website.
“It’s people throughout the City of Swan region… a lot of past players contacting us about playing again and a few people from other teams coming across purely because they live in this area but were travelling,” Rossiello said.
“But the majority of the interest we’ve had is from new people to the competition, which is fantastic because it shows we’ve achieved what we wanted to achieve as a league.
“By attracting people that have nothing to do with the game itself, it increases exposure.”
He said he had come in at the right time, with affiliation of Swan City Titans part of the league’s expansion plan.
“The league wanted to expand but they just couldn’t find the right person to drive the growth so it all fell into place really,” he said.
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