Blue Heelers program is off to a flying start

The new North West Blue Heelers development program made an outstanding start at yesterday’s first trial in Tamworth.

Despite the wet conditions there was a strong turnout by players who showed great commitment and a willingness to learn, two of the key characteristics that the coaches are looking for. The group included players that had travelled from Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, and Gunnedah just so they could be part of this exciting new program.

The Blue Heelers development program’s objective is to assist players to maximise their potential, whether they’re aiming to be the next AFL or AFLW recruit from the region, or just to best prepare themselves for the AFL North West club season ahead.

Paul Taylor, Community Football Manager, said that a really strong platform has been laid. “We’re excited by the response to date, both in terms of the numbers attending and the positive approach to developing as players,” Taylor said.

“The Blue Heelers program is much more than just about talent identification, it’s about giving players the opportunity to develop no matter their experience or ambition. We saw that yesterday with the group already developing both their individual skills and game sense.

“We have one further trial next Sunday in Armidale and I encourage all boys and girls aged 11 to 17 to nominate this week and come along.”

The final selection trial will be held at Armidale Sportsground from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday 3 April. The trial is open to players of both genders, current players and those intending to play this season, who are born between 2005 and 2011 (inclusive). Players wanting to attend the trial should nominate at this link as soon as possible.