Colts champ at the bit

Development officer-colts coach Paul McGrath, colts player Zane Arkinstall, district president Leigh Searle and junior president Mark Romeo with Belmont City College students.d397450
Development officer-colts coach Paul McGrath, colts player Zane Arkinstall, district president Leigh Searle and junior president Mark Romeo with Belmont City College students.d397450

The new team is part of the club’s initiative to encourage Aussie rules football in the district by aligning the juniors and seniors teams to create a pathway for players all the way from Auskick to a potential professional career in WAFL and AFL.

Community development officer for the City of Belmont and coach of the Belmont colts team Paul McGrath said some of his players were already demonstrating great potential.

‘It means a lot to the community, it means we can help Belmont continue in football,’ he said.

The team is also working with Belmont City College, with Mr McGrath teaching football to students once a fortnight.

The club has three teams, the juniors for under 16s who also train at the senior club one night a week, the inaugural colts team for 17 to 20-year-olds, and the seniors team, for anyone over the age of 20.

Up to $200 worth of funding to take part in local sport is available to children aged five to 18 part of the Department of Sports and Recreation KidSport program.

For more information about the Belmont football club, call senior team president Leigh Searle on 0423 174 008. For more information about KidSport visit www.clubsonline.dsr.wa.gov.au/kidsport.