Whippets look ahead

Wimmera Whippets players could be enjoying their own independent club very soon. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA Whippets footballers and netballers could soon be part of their own club, as the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly looks at options to allow the all-abilities team to remain sustainable going forward.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by the assembly’sproject officer Scott Davidson, who hopes to raise $2500 to initially help with travel and registration expenses.

The Whippets are making history in 2016,embarking on their maiden season in the Football Integration Development Association’swestern conference.

After starting up in 2014, and having been under the banner of the sports assembly since then, Mr Davidson said the growing nature of the all-abilities program meant it was time to consider helping the Whippets become more independent.

“We’ve got more than 60 players but they’re not really a club, they’re more of a collection of individuals,” he said.“We want to put some money towards creating the Wimmera Whippets Football Netball Club and build upon that and have a president and a board.

“We want to have dedicated people to control the club.”

Mr Davidson said there had already been fantastic interest from the community, with more than $600 already donated to the Whippets’ Go Fund Me page.

“We’ve had really great interest and the players are happy to have this support,” he said.

Mr Davidson said the sports assembly was not trying to push the Whippets away from its responsibility, but merely trying to assist it in reaching great heights.

“It’s not us saying that next year they’re on their own. We’re going to set them up, but we’ll still be thereat every game and at every training session,” he said.

“We don’t want to have a ceiling on this. We want it to go as far as it can, so that next year, this teamcan be a sustainable club.”

The sports assembly’s Access for All Abilities program manager Matt Berry said there were plenty of big decisions to be made in the next year.

“We’ve got some big decisions about whether it becomes incorporated as its own club or do we look at making it a leg of a current club,” he said.

“We don’t know yet.”

Mr Berry said this was anopportunity for the community to feel like they are a part of the program, and embrace what has grown from the humblest of beginnings.

“I remember when we ran our first come and try day in May 2014,” he said.

“We had two footballers and two netballers show up, so it’s come a long way since then.

“I think that gives us good grounds to take this step.

“This would be a good way for the community to feel involved with the program even if they’re not physically involved.”

Mr Davidson said people could donate to the Whippets’ cause athttps://梧桐夜网gofundme南京夜网/wimmerawhippets.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.