Weststar Football Academy camp run by Former West Coast Eagles listed player Brodie Riach attracts 20 children

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Declan Reid, Charlie Anning, Brodie Riach, Riley Crowd and Cooper Sandy.
Camera IconDeclan Reid, Charlie Anning, Brodie Riach, Riley Crowd and Cooper Sandy. Credit: Taj Stubber

Former West Coast Eagles listed player Brodie Riach travelled to Albany earlier this week with his Weststar Football Academy to deliver a school holiday camp at Collingwood Park.

The three-day camp attracted 20 children from all over the region, including one from as far afield as Broome for the first camp held in the Great Southern.

Children aged seven-16 seized the opportunity to learn from Riach, who plays for East Fremantle’s senior side in the WA Football League.

Riach runs the football academy in Perth with former Fremantle Docker and Carlton player Alex Silvagni along with Greater Western Sydney’s Matt De Boer.

He said it was great to be in the region to deliver the inaugural program.

“It was a really good turnout for Weststar’s first Great Southern camp — hopefully the start of something bigger to come,” he said.

“The camp was about really providing an opportunity for the kids of the Great Southern region to have an insight into what Weststar is about and show that we can provide elite training and insight into the next level of what football entails.

Kids take part in skills activites at the clinic.
Camera IconKids take part in skills activites at the clinic. Credit: Taj Stubber

“It’s also about providing the opportunity to deliver the fundamentals and introductory football skills to the younger kids and encourage them on their football journeys.

“The camp has been awesome. We have had kids come from Mt Barker and one kid from Broome so it’s been awesome to have kids from all over the Great Southern region.

“They have really enjoyed it and we have fed off their energy.”

Riach also delivered an open women’s training session on Tuesday night which was well received.

“We are definitely looking to make this an annual event and hopefully the start of something bigger to come,” he said.

“We conducted an open women’s training sessions last night (Tuesday) and that was a really good opportunity for us to tap into and help with their development.”

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