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Kyabram Football Club announces new juniors president

By Jared Prestwidge

KYABRAM Football Club’s junior group has found their new president for the 2020 season, which marks a new era for the black and red.

Leesa Hogan, who has taken over from Justin Barnett after a three-year stint, will now be the one working towards ensuring a fun and exciting sporting environment for kids in the 10 to 14 age range.

It has been a sharp rise in the ranks for Leesa, who only got involved with the club last year as the Under 10s general manager.

She initially applied for the committee’s secretary position for 2020, but when no-one put their hand up for the top job, Leesa stepped forward.

Kyabram-bred and daughter to local Geoff Berry, who played in the VFL for Richmond Football Club and the Western Bulldogs, Leesa said it was essential to provide a healthy and inclusive environment especially for young athletes to help keep them in the club’s system for years to come.

“It’s just good to keep the kids playing for Kyabram, especially to help build that rapport with the club for later down the track when they play senior level,” she said.

“That’s my main driver, to be there to make sure there is a club for the kids because I know mine would be devastated if there was no football.

“We’ve got an all-female committee so far this year and I’m just looking to take it all on so the club can keep running smoothly.”

Justin Barnett, who will continue with the club as a member of the committee, said he could not think of a better fit for the role after his three-year stint.

“She will be a fresh face with new ideas and a new approach,” he said.

“She brings great knowledge, enthusiasm and a keenness to help out and get involved.”

“The more people on deck, the better support the kids get. She’ll now be looking to get some coaches and some support crew around.”

Registrations for season 2020 are now open, with training sessions to begin in early March.