WJFC Mental Health Awareness Weekend

Today, Friday 19th August 2022, marks the first time WJFC will hold a Mental Health Awareness Weekend. This an amazing step forward for our Club as we are working towards becoming an inclusive Club.

The weekend, running from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st, is to help promote the importance of conversations around mental illness and that it’s ok to not be ok and the importance of seeking help.

During the weekend our members are encouraged to use social media to spread awareness by sharing our mental health posts with the special hashtag #letstalkwjfc2022 and let the world know we are ready to have those conversations. We will also be sharing lots of information via our Instagram and Facebook pages so please keep an eye out and help spread the awareness.

The Aim of the Weekend?

To reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and educate our members and followers on what we can do as a society to help others and help kick start the conversations around mental health.

What is Mental Health?

The World Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as the psychological and emotional wellbeing of an individual.

Mental Health can affect the way we interact with others, how we handle situations and how we make decisions. It can affect anyone, at any age, any gender and any race and from any socioeconomic groups.

The main factors that can contribute to your mental health are:

  • Biological factors
  • Family history
  • Life experiences

What can help to improve your mental health?

There are many things that can help improve your mental health and by making a Mental Health Toolbox (a list of tasks you enjoy completing), it will assist with keeping on top of your emotions. Some of these task can be:

  • Connections – join a Club or local group or meet with family and friends or volunteer
  • Gut Health – be mindful of what you eat and drink, because you are what you eat, right?
  • Nature – get out into the fresh air. Go for a walk! Join a hiking group. Get some sunlight (wear sunscreen!) or dance in the rain with your kids

What if I am really struggling?

If you find you have a low mood for a period of two weeks of more and can’t seem to pull yourself out of it, then it is best you seek help as soon as possible! Early intervention is key to recovering quicker or limiting the severity of the illness. There is absolutely no shame in making an appointment with your GP because you matter.

Below is a list of helplines who are available to talk as well:

Lifeline – 13 11 14

A 24/7 personal crisis support line that also provides suicide prevention services

www.lifeline.org.au

Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800

A 24/7 help line for children to young adults aged 5 to 25 years old

www.kidshelpline.com.au

Beyond Blue Australia – 1300 224 636

A 24/7 support line for all Australians suffering with mental health

www.beyondblue.org.au

13Yarn – 13 92 76

24/7 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support line, providing a culturally safe space to chat

www.13yarn.org.au

Butterfly Foundations National Helpline – 1800 33 46 73

A free confidential service for people with eating disorders & body image related issues. 6am-10pm WAST/ 7 days a week

Butterfly Foundation Website

Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 357

Provides 24/7 support for anyone thinking about suicide

www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78

24/7 service providing phone counselling support for men with mental health issues, anger management, family violence, addiction, relationship, stress & wellbeing

www.mensline.org.au

We hope that you all join us for a weekend of conversations and hopefully the conversations will continue beyond this weekend.

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Junior Registration Campaign Day 2021

Date: Sunday, 21st February 2021
Time: 11am to 2pm
Address: Clubrooms, Wanneroo Showgrounds

This Sunday is our Junior Registration Campaign Day! We will have lots of fun activities for the kids (Auskickers, Mods & Opens), including a bouncy castle and face painting. It will also be a great opportunity for parents that are interested in registering their kids or looking to get more information on the Club, to speak to our Registrars and Committee members.

We will have food & drinks available on the day (Please bring cash):
– Hotdogs $2.50
– Bacon & Egg Rolls $5
– Cool Drink $2
– Slushies $1
– Wanneroo JFC Cookies $2.50

We will also have a Mecca Sports pop up shop with Club Merchandise (Cash & Eftpos accepted).

FAIR GAME:
Please bring your old footy boots (that are in a clean and in a functional condition) as we will be donating them to Fair Game, an organisation that recycles preloved sporting equipment to give to communities in need. For more information, visit https://www.fairgame.org.au

Bring the family down for a fun afternoon – we look forward to seeing you there!

*Please note, Auskick players must still register online. However, we are happy to help parents on the day.

 

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2021 Pre-Season Training: Update

Please note, pre-season training for all Opens players, has been postponed to next Tuesday (16th February) & Thursday (18th February) and will run from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Edgar Griffiths Park. Training is compulsory to all Opens (Year 7 to Year 12).

Please make sure you have:

– Mask
– Joggers (no football boots)
– Water Bottle
– Sunscreen

See below for more details regarding post lockdown training.

WAFC Statement: COVID-19 Update

Please contact the Club if you have any further questions.

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Expressions of Interest for Mods & Opens Coaches 2021

Do you have an interest in AFL? Would you like the opportunity to share your skills and knowledge with our players? We are now taking Expressions of Interest for Mods & Opens coaches for the 2021 season! If you are interested in helping out or you would like more information, please contact us below:

Mods (ages 8 to 11) 
Name: Wade Chitty
Email: wadechitty@hotmail.com
Mobile: 0407 787 899

Opens (ages 12 to 18)
Name: Chris Avery
Email: chris@solahartjoondalup.com.au
Mobile: 0431 177 315

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Football Has Returned Season 2020

Football has returned Season 2020 for Wanneroo Junior Football Club. June 26th saw the showdown of the year with a derby between year 3 Roos white and year 3 Roos black. These guys kicked off the season under lights in front of a good crowd on the Friday night. June 28th saw the continuation and return of football to Wanneroo Showgrounds and Edgar Griffiths with scratch matches being played all day with opposition from Ocean Ridge JFC and Joondalup Kinross JFC. Our year 5 and year 7 teams headed to Heathridge Park to take on ORJFC. The day was a great success, many happy faces even in the pouring rain, chips and gravy flowing from our canteen and the inclusion of the new canteen being run by Jess at Edgar Griffiths.
The beauty of scratch matches is it gives our coaches an opportunity to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the teams and make notes on areas needing attention. It provides opportunity for the players to go out and have fun and put practice into actions after a long waited start from COVID-19. Additionally, scratch matches provide an opportunity for umpires to get in the rhythm of making calls and get their eye in for the up coming premiership season.

All this was made possible with the help of Mitch Whan, Umpire coordinator and Natalie Sharman, West Perth Competition Director. Your committee worked tirelessly putting this day together which went off without a hitch.

The 2020 season will kick off on Friday night, 17th July 2020 with our girls, Auskick Saturday 18th then mods and opens on Sunday 19th July. For the games to run smoothly please ensure you speak to your team managers for where you are playing and at what time. With the shortened season there will be 11 rounds in total and the season shall end 27th September which is far better than we had anticipated.

11th Round will look like this:
Years 3 – 6 will have Round 11 fixtures created on the Monday following the Round 8 games.
Fixtures will be created to allow similar skilled sides to play each other.
Years 7 – 12 will have Round 11 fixtures created on the Monday following the Round 10 games.
Games will be created based on ladder position. i.e. 1 vs 2 (for Premiership), 3 vs 4 (for 3rd place) and so on.

I hope you all make the most of season 2020 and that everyone gets out and enjoys each game. Please get behind your coach and give as much support to your team as possible.

RULES AND REGULATION CHANGES
The final Junior and Youth Competition Rules and Regulations are being updated to reflect these changes. These will be uploaded onto Club Hub before Round 1 and will be communicated to clubs via their conferences.
This Circular can be utilised to confirm changes to volunteers and officials until the documents are uploaded.

Game Duration
In line with the AFL, WAFL and PFL competitions, game time will be also be reduced in 2020 Community Games. Game lengths have been shortened to reflect the interruption to player preparation and to minimise the effects of fatigue injuries.
This will also support the efforts with game change overs and social distancing requirements.
Year 3 – Year 6: 4x 15-Minute Quarters
Male Year 7 – Year 9: 4x 15-Minute Quarters
Female Year 7 – Year 12: 4x 15-Minute Quarters
Male Year 10, 11/12: 4x 18-Minute Quarters
Bench Numbers
An easing of restricted bench numbers will occur in 2020.
The 50% game time rule still applies.
• Year 3 through Year 6 remains the same (unlimited bench)
• Year 7 through Year 12 – Maximum of 7 players on the bench. This applies to Male and Female competition.

Last Possession
All junior leagues and competitions will trial the Last Possession Rule and there will be no requirement to appoint boundary umpires.
The WAFC is excited to trial a rule that has been used in other competitions across Australia, and the 2020 season provides us an ideal opportunity to undertake this pilot.
The home team will be required to place soft cones around the boundary line perimeter and players should be reminded to “play the whistle”.

Exemption:
Year 11/12 Competitions have the option to utilise Boundary Umpires at the discretion of the Conference Team and will still utilise the Last Possession Rule. This will be communicated directly from your Conference.

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Year 9 Melbourne Trip 2019

Wanneroo Junior Football Club announced in 2019 that it would commence the promotion and support of giving the opportunity for our year 9 players to head off in the name of football to Melbourne on a “Footy Trip”.

During the two-week break in July the team departed from the Wanneroo Showgrounds at 3.45am on a coach headed to the airport, all players and parents in a “Roos on Tour” t-shirts and hoodies and black and white team coloured trackies. Loaded onto Virgin and 3.5 hours later we hit Melbourne, the home of our great game…AFL.

Our hotel was conveniently located near Marvel stadium and close to trams (as is always in Melbourne). Once checked in we headed to the MCG where we were booked in for a tour. We got to see the changerooms, where players prepare, coaches boxes, media rooms, you name it, we wee there. The only thing we couldn’t do was go on the grounds as it had been sprayed with a chemical.

After a few hours there and some lunch it was across the road to the enemy…… Collingwood!!! The guys at the pies were welcoming show us all through their facility from the altitude training room to getting Premiership Cup out to hold (not 2018) which one of the guys “SWIFTY” pointed out with great delight.

From there it was dinner time and we ran through the rain to the local pizza bar for some well earnt refreshments and tucker.

Day two – We booked in for a team-building exercise, indoor rock climbing. It was great to see the guys helping each other and working in partnerships providing plenty of encouragement and laughter before we hit marvel to watch North Melbourne v Essendon. Full crowd and atmosphere to boot.

It was then decided for dinner to head into Carlton to a restaurant that was highly recommended for larger groups and plenty of warm pasta. Getting there was a interesting with several trams and what seemed to be a 10km hike. During dinner we had a rule that all mobile phones were stacked in the middle of the table, so the team had to interface with one another, most were accepting of this rule…. Most!

On the way back to the hotel we (parents) challenged the boys by telling them they had to get us back and we would simply follow and see where we ended up. Hats off, they got us back in no time and no walking either, teamwork was on a high.

Day 3 – saw a big breakfast, some downtime at the DFO for some shopping then off to the MCG to see Richmond Play GWS. The stadium looked empty even though there were 80,000 spectators. We found our seats and hit the pie shop ordering 25 pies, 25 buckets of chips and 25 drinks the lads were set for a good game.

Being our last night we had a meal at a local restaurant near the hotel. During the meal we held our own presentation event which involved gimmick’s from the $2 shop and red dot ranging from Dummies for those who spat it, plastic high heel shoes for a couple who took forever shoe shopping, a Collingwood badge for Swifty and some fake money for the ones who called home for an account top up.

Retiring to the hotel, waking up on day four, bags packed and heading home. Arriving in Perth with all the players flaked out from exhaustion we jumped on another coach to be delivered to parents waiting at the showgrounds.

All in all, the trip was a success as we had put two separate teams together and this helped them bond with each other and this showed on the field. We are now seeing the next year’s year 9 group fundraising to get their opportunity to create their memories. WJFC will support this for as long as the players want to go and are prepared to put in some effort to get there.

It should be noted that the players all received 1/3 of funds from the club. To earn this they were rostered on to help set up grounds, pack up grounds, assist in AUS- kick and clean change rooms at the end of the games on Sunday. Another 1/3 from fundraising and 1/3 paid by parents.

   

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Commonwealth Bank Donates $600

A big thank you to Commonwealth Bank Wanneroo for their kind donation of $600.00 to Wanneroo Junior Football Club. The Wanneroo Branch CBA are a great supporter of our club and these funds certainly help fund new footballs, training cones and other valuable items essential for the kids.

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