Penny adds value
- Thursday, 27 June 2013
Subiaco trainee Ian Penny says he’s excited to be involved with the club in a professional capacity, having started work last month in the Lions’ administrative office.
The 16-year-old has grasped the opportunity with both hands and says he’s enjoying the role in the administration side of football.
“It’s been great so far, the staff here are friendly, and I get to do things like cutting the vision from the colts games for (coach) Steven Armstrong.”
The year 11 Balga Senior High School student is one of only three indigenous AFL SportsReady Trainees currently working at WAFL clubs.
Subiaco nominated Penny for the part-time role, which includes delivering the Lions community engagement programs in primary schools, cutting game vision and taking game statistics.
“Our community programs teach the kids at schools how to be leaders and not followers, I like working one on one with the students, if a certain person needs help, I’ll sit down and help them and I’ll join in all the activities.” Penny said.
A talent on the field, Penny is a member of the Subiaco under 16’s talent program and has been training with the Lion’s Colts side.
“Hopefully I’ll play WAFL football and work in a role in this industry, that would be ideal… I’ve also got my eye on coaching or becoming a sports teachers.” Penny said.
To find out more about how AFL Sports Ready is helping to provide career opportunities for young indiginous people head to aflsportsready.com.au/indigenous