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KJAFC

Part 1 of a series on the people backing KJAFC

Steve Willis has been playing and sponsoring sport his entire life, and the Kiama JAFC has been lucky enough to have him involved with our club for the past six years.

His contribution goes well beyond signing a cheque every season and providing the pads for the  goalposts at Bonaira Oval. You will see Steve at almost every Kiama Lightning Under 12s game this year, sporting a beanie, backing the team and his son Grady.


He is also often at training on a Wednesday night, where he has an encouraging word for the boys and girls, while lending a hand to their coach Jamie Browne. And if you were at the ground last Sunday, you would have enjoyed a feast of Red Rooster goodies after the Under 12 game.

Former Kiama president Troy Gent ran into Steve at playgroup six years ago and somewhere between changing nappies and chopping the fruit, Troy managed to persuade him to get involved with the club.
 
Steve, who as many people know runs Red Rooster in Kiama,  grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in Muttama, about 20 kilometres from Cootamundra in the South West Slopes of NSW. The town sits on what was then an unofficial border between Aussie Rules and Rugby League territory.
 
Sport in Cootamundra was huge. The local Aussie Rules club, the Cootamundra Blues, can proudly boast that its playing field is as big as the MCG. The Blues, who play in a dark blue trip similar to Carlton’s, take their footy very seriously and at one stage imported players from Tasmania to give them an edge. Hawthorn midfielder and two-time premiership player Isaac Smith hails from Cootamundra, and played his early football in the region alongside another Hawks star, Luke Breust.
 
As a boy, Steve was into everything. “You name it, I played it,” he says. “Football, cricket, tennis, darts , bowls and the list goes on. But it wasn’t until I became a father, and began to learn about a boy’s development, that I realised the influence that sport had on me and what impact it could have on my own son.

“Up until the age of 14 or so one of our biggest influences is our parent or guardian. However, after this age our sons start to look outside the family circle for role models and will gravitate towards who ever is around their environment.

“Rather than leave this up to chance, having your child in a football club is great way of manipulating the likelihood of who that person will be. While the occasional media report does not paint senior footballers in a great light, for the most they are young men that the boys can relate to and gravitate towards.

“They hold down jobs, enjoy fitness and socialise in adult environments. When our children hit the scary ages of 16, 17 and 18, the likelihood is that these guys will become their role models.

“When our boys pass them in Woolworths and they stop for a talk our sons feel a little more grown up. And when our boys’ younger friends say, ‘Who was he?’ they reply with ‘He is a mate from footy’.
 
”From my point of view, success in football is not measured by games won but by how the player transitions from being a boy to a man.”
 
When Steve started school in Cootamundra, his family moved into the town from the farm. When he finished school, Steve took a job on the railways, but was force-transferred to Sydney when they discovered he was colour-blind.

That first move led to travel around Australia doing various jobs and running businesses in places such as Sydney, Bowen, Griffith and Shellharbour.

It was while he was based in Shellharbour that he met his future bride, Josephine. Eventually they moved to Kiama to start a family. “And we still feel like we're on holiday,“ he adds.

One of Steve’s proudest boasts is that he’s had 31 different jobs since he left school, including water blaster, graffiti remover, fruit picker, meat worker, furniture removalist and shop manager. “I don't fear change!” he says.

Steve’s first business in Kiama was graffiti removal, which he ran from 2001 to 2007, buying the Red Rooster franchise in 2008. He has built the business up to the point where it employs 24 people, all of them local, from a cross-section of the community. His staff includes students at St Mary’s College in Wollongong, St Josephs Albion Park and Kiama High. “it's been a very developing experience for me running Red Rooster. I’m far better off for doing it."
 
While he places great store on the development of players as people, Steve also believes in supporting the people running the club. “It’s as much about supporting the committee members as it is the players. They are the people who give their time for nothing and it’s important to support them.

"The one thing I would like to see if more parents getting involved in any way they can. It doesn’t matter whether it’s picking up the cones at the end of training, every little bit helps."
 
With sponsors and parents like Steve, the club looks to be in good hands.

Go the Power!

 

Dates for Your Diary

March
20 Meet the coaches night 5-6pm
 
April
 
1 U9 and U10 training 5-6pm
3 Auskick training 4.15-5.15pm
   U12 training 5-6pm
   U14 training 6-7pm
   U16 training 6-7pm

19 Round 1

 
 

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Wet Weather notice

Grounds Open

Bonaira Oval - Kiama

 

 updated 20/2/2015

 

See the Kiama Council web site for up todate information on ground closures.

www.kiama.nsw.gov.au

 

Ground locations

The location of all grounds can be found on the Illawarra JAFL web site.

 

South Coast Gardens and Lawns 

The Kiama Power JAFL would like to thank South Coast Gardens and Lawns for assisting with the preparation of the Kiama Power playing field Bonaira Oval for game days.

 

Jemfish Cafe- Kiama

The Kiama Power JAFL would like to thank Jemfish Cafe (Manning St, Kiama) as a game day sponsor.  

 

Ritzy Gritz- Kiama

The Ritzy Gritz is sponsoring the Kiama Power JAFL again this year. When club members eat at the Ritzy Gritz mention to Peter and his staff that you are from the Kiama Power JAFL.

 

 

Members Corner

Could all members ensure that no rubbish is left behind at Bonaira Reserve.

 

A reminder to members that Bonaira Reserve is a non smoking and alcohol free zone.