Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
- Thursday, 03 May 2012
Left to right: Peter Capes, Neild Arnold, Kerri-Anne Tichbourne and John Bowler.
SUBIACO has completed a successful launch of its Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow Program in its country region of Kalgoorlie.
The program is an extension of the Community Engagement Program the club has run for the past year at Balga Senior High School and also North Balga Primary.
A program that aims to strengthen ties between the community and the club and present Indigenous students with leadership opportunities.
Over 40 community representatives were on hand for the launch including, the local member, John Bowler, council members, local football club members, department of sport and recreation officials and umpires.
Community Programs Manager Neil Arnold said: “It’s very similar to what we are running at North Balga Primary school, obviously there will be some modifications made by the presenter up there so that the content and the way it’s presented and the program remains relevant to the cliental.”
“They do have different understandings different needs and also we do need to take into consideration that in the Perth area we are working with the Noongar people whereas in Kalgoorlie we’re working with the wongba people and so you do need to be culturally aware and culturally sensitive.”
While the focus of Subiaco’s trip was to launch it’s program, Development Officer Jeff Lind recognises it’s a give and take relationship.
“We’ve got a responsibility to serve that area but that’s a two-fold thing,” he said.
“Primarily we went up for the launch of the Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow program that they are producing at the primary schools but I took the opportunity to gay a day early to watch some local footy and look at some talented kids.”
“At the same time in addition to going to the primary schools with the
Lind attended six training sessions across his three-day stay in the Goldfields and used Des Headland as exhibit-A of the process from country footballer to WAFL and possibly AFL stardom.
“We don’t go in there and take over their training session, what we did at each of those is make sure the kids understood that Subiaco is the pathway for them to achieve their highest dreams.”
“The advantage of having Des Headland there, I could use Des to explain that he was a country boy who started out at Meriden came down to the city and not so long ago was a player just like them.”
The launch was also for the announcement of the program coordinator in Kalgoorlie Kerri-Anne Tichbourne.
The program commenced on Tuesday, 1 May.