Lock In Lockyer
Friday, 25 November 2016
Subiaco are excited to announce a major re-structure of the development system with ex-WA State 18’s coach Andrew Lockyer appointed as overseer.
The Lions selected Lockyer due to his vast experience in development and his ability to work with young talent.
CEO Peter Capes is excited with Andrew “Barge” Lockyer’s arrival and believes he is the man to manage Subiaco’s newly structured development system.
“Andrew Lockyer is the immediate past state U18’s coach of Western Australia. He’s been working with the best young talent in the state for a number of years and has done multiple stints as head coach of that program,”
“He understands what it takes to get young players to the AFL standard, he has all the latest methods and techniques and he’s got a clear understanding with the talent scouts in the AFL system and what they’re looking for,”
“He brings a level of experience to our young players and will give them ample opportunity to fulfil their potential.” said Capes
Andrew Lockyer with the 2016 WA State coaching team including SFC 6 time premiership player Darren Rumble
As well as being coach of the newly branded “Development” team (read below) Lockyer will also be a part of the newly formed coaches academy.
“We’ve re-structured our football department and we now have a coaching academy. Dwayne Lamb has been appointed the director responsible for coaching and he will oversee coaching operations going forward, including Lockyer’s role in development,”
“Lockyers’ title will be Development Coach which will incorporate the traditional role of the “reserves” coach and he will also be head of the youth coaching academy. This involves up-skilling and managing the coaches from the D-league and below,”
A strong influx of experience at various levels of coaching has Peter Capes excited for the future.
“We’re really happy with the standard of coaches we’ve got at every level and we’re excited to see the program in full effect this year.”
“The most important thing to come from the addition of Lockyer is that we will be beefing up the development of young players. He will be working with Ryan Redfern closely to make sure we have plans and strategies for seamless development.”
WHAT IS THE D-LEAGUE?
As mentioned above Subiaco have joined a host of WAFL clubs in officially re-naming the Reserves program to the Development League or D-League. This change follows the VFL and other WAFL clubs like Perth, Claremont and East Fremantle.
“I think the new title more accurately pictures what “reserves” football is actually about,” said CEO Peter Capes.
“The average age of a reserves player is around 20, it’s only marginally higher than colts. They are still developing players and very few are older and playing reserves so we want to lose the stigma of it being a second division,”
“The idea is to have players transitioning from the Development league into league football, it’s not a competition in itself.” said Capes