GWS GIANTS senior coach Leon Cameron is taking on a new coaching role for Season 2020 – helping out the U14 Division One Canada Bay Cannons youth AFL team.
“It’s just my way of helping out a great local footy club. I know the boys well – they’re great young fellas and a fantastic bunch of parents. I see the parents contributing – running water, helping out the coach. The more volunteers you can get at a local footy club, the better.
“This is just my way of contributing.”
Leon will be helping Cannons parent John Nandlal, who has helped coach a number of teams for the Cannons and Drummoyne Power. While it will be John who will set the team agenda, Leon expects to be at most weekly training sessions and as many games as the GWS draw allows.
“What you want from the kids is a growth mindset – where they grow and learn and listen – and to enjoy it. If people enjoy it, people will play more. And the more people who play AFL – the more people who play any sport – the better.”
“I love the game. It’s the best game in the world in my mind and if I can help any young kids to develop their football then that’s what I am looking forward to the most.”
Cannons Coaching Coordinator Mike Andrews said the club was excited to have Leon join the coaching panel.
“Quality coaching is so important to on-field performance and ultimately player enjoyment, which leads to increased retention,” Andrews said.
“The Cannons already have a strong relationship with GWS, taking part in an innovative coach mentorship program with the GIANTS over the past two seasons.
“The Cameron family has always been generous volunteers – we’ve also seen Leon’s wife Carolyn in a coaching bib in our junior club in past seasons.
“To have a coach of Leon’s experience helping our U14s, as one of the Dads, will be a terrific experience for the boys, particularly at this stage in their junior footy careers,” Andrews said.