Devon Meadows is a proud and passionate football club that never shies away from a challenge and the Panthers are looking to draw on that strength to attract a healthy under-19s list this season.
The Panthers’ thirds have been slow to attract numbers during the pre-season but are keen to turn things around ahead of their round-one home-clash against Karingal at Glover Reserve on Saturday March 30.
The club has invested heavily in quality coaching of its future stars, but now needs numbers to fully benefit from the appointment of Paul Sinclair as its under-19s mentor.
Club president Barry Parsons is super confident that those that do jump on board will not be disappointed.
“We’re a great club, one that I’m very proud of and one that has always given the kids the opportunity to participate,” Parsons said.
“We’re also a family club, and the family aspect is very important to us and has been one of our great strengths over the years. We know if we can just get kids down here for one night to training, they’ll fall in love with the place just like I did as a kid.”
Parsons said Devon Meadows had always had a focus on developing its youngsters, both on and off the field. He remembers the days when he would rely on those at the club for work opportunities – and said it was still a heavy focus for the club today.
“We make no promises, but if there’s a young bloke looking for work there’s a very good chance you’ll find some work if you’re involved at Devon Meadows,” Parsons said.
“That’s the sort of place it is, always looking out for each other and I know if kids just gave us a shot, they won’t be disappointed. It’s a great environment and we just want the kids to experience that.”
The Panthers’ under 19s are currently training with the under 17s on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Those interested in finding out more about Devon Meadows can contact Barry direct on 0424 151 351 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org