AS A FATHER of two junior footballers and a coach of almost 30, Mark Suter believes participation is paramount at grassroots level.
Suter, Koroit’s under 12s mentor, said he felt “a weight off his shoulders” when he heard of AFL Western District’s decision to postpone the junior review.
Suter said instead of “punishing” clubs which have strong junior programs, AFL Western District needed to work closely with individual clubs and communities which struggle with numbers. He said Koroit had close to 30 under 12s players.
“Now that we don’t have to turn kids away, we’re pretty stoked with the result,” Suter said. He felt Hampden junior football was in strong shape.
“I can’t speak for the (Warrnambool and District Football Netball League), but from what we’ve seen last year, there weren’t many problems,” Suter said.
“In previous years Terang Mortlake has been the only club a little short on numbers but they’ve gained a few players from (Mortlake Junior Sharks).”