Kingsley Walker to handle Esperance talent

Walker on the front of the Football Budget back in his playing days for Peel. 

The Subiaco Football Club has great pleasure in announcing that Kingsley Walker, who played over 150 WAFL/SANFL games, will oversee the Lions Esperance Talent Academy.

Walker’s first task will be to formulate a development squad of 14 and 15 year olds, and prepare them for the WAFL carnival that will be played in Perth in the October school holidays.

The aims of the Talent Academy is to provide country players the opportunity to achieve their potential and to provide specialised training that is an advancement  to their club football.

It is clearly acknowledged that country boys do not get the same opportunities as boys in the metropolitan area.   This program will see Esperance boys develop their football skills and enhance their knowledge and education in an environment that focuses on individual player development.  The Academy will replicate the metropolitan talent programs that SFC delivers

It is every players’ dream to be drafted to the AFL but it is important the players understand the pathway through the WAFL system and the enormous amount of work they have to do first.

The talent academy aims to fast track that development and provide greater opportunities for Esperance boys.

Subiaco’s Player Development Officer Jeff Lind is excited about the appointment.  Lind said, “having a person of Kingsley Walker’s credentials available to guide the boys is a bonuus.  Kingsley has been involved with development programs at North Adelaide Roosters  in the SANFL and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to come on board.  The Esperance boys will benefit enormously from his involvement”.

Kingsley Walker originally hails from Kangaroo Island in SA.  Growing up on the Island, Kingsley played junior and some senior football at Parndana, before his family moved to Esperance in 1994. Walker played league football with Newtown as a 16 year old.

He was recruited by Swan Districts in 1996 where he played 85 league games. In 2003 he decided on a sea change and transferred to Mandurah and played 52 games for Peel Thunder, including two years under former Geelong champion Garry (Buddha) Hocking.

In 2006 Walker moved to North Adelaide in the SANFL where he added to his game tally and achieved the milestone of 150 state league games.  At the Roosters he played under the charismatic Andrew Jarman.

Walker moved back to WA in 2009 to play and coach Harvey Brunswick Football Club.  In 2012 he returned to Esperance for a business opportunity and has saddled up with the Gibson Football Club.  Walker was runner up to Ben Sanford in the Hepburn Medal count last weekend.

Kingsley Walker is now giving back to game that his provided him with many opportunities and his experience will be a great boon for football and talent development in Esperance. 

By Jeff Lind

 

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