I am not a massive follower of WAFL but I do go to the local club a bit to watch a game and if I am driving past and see a non-senior game I will drop in also.
The club isn’t one I traditionally support but I just like to watch a game of footy.
Week in week out there isn’t many people there. There’s the die-hards, a few families and that’s about it.
I can’t say I have been to every club to watch games so it might be different.
I don’t find there is much there to attract families and other people apart from the die-hards. People will probably say football should be enough but the AFL has the market on that one. I just cannot understand why the clubs aren’t looking at different avenues to get people to the game. You just don’t want the bloke to come along you want his family as well. You just don’t want to certain types of demographics you want the whole community and surrounds interested.
But there is nothing there for the whole family, unless the whole family loves football. They need to have other things going on that can get people in the door.
A range of decent food and good coffee would help. Why not have community stalls in there selling their stuff or advertising their organisations. Activities for kids.
There would be a million and one ideas you could put on the table.
Make it a little more vibrant, for people who probably will get bored watching a whole football game but would like a bit of a family outing.
People are also more sophisticated and have higher expectations than 20 years ago.