Local senior coach calls on for stronger focus on junior footy

By Brayden May

MITIAMO senior coach Andy Grant believes junior football should be put ahead of any senior competitions in 2020.

If competitions are to go ahead, it remains unlikely that crowds will be able to attend because of coronavirus restrictions.

“I can't see how we're going to get senior footy up and running because we're so reliant on getting crowds through the gates,” Grant told Australian Community Media.

“Not having senior footy for the year is not great, but we'll get through it. Junior footy is the one we need to get back.

“The kids have missed out on cricket grand finals, they've missed out on school, they haven't been able to interact with their mates.... it’s been pretty ordinary for them.

“It's more important than anything to get the kids back into sport. The senior guys can do without their footy paycheck for a season.

“Adults can cope better than kids with this. It's important for the mental wellbeing, as well as the physical wellbeing, of these kids to get them playing sport again.”

And Grant believes a season of any length would be beneficial to the region’s next generation of talent.

“It doesn't matter if it's not a proper season, just get the kids playing,” he said.

“Even if it's just a month or six weeks of round robin footy where there's no finals...winning and losing doesn't matter. It's important we get the kids playing.”

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