A retired AFL player has made his way up to Hedland to help out with a youth-focused footy clinic. The West Coast Eagles Night Lights footy program is an ongoing initiative to engage Hedland youth who don’t have the means to play in a structured sporting competition. The program runs every Wednesday and on August 9 the youth group received coaching from ex-AFL player Alec Waterman and Janelle Marangon from West Coast’s Community and Game Development team. Waterman, brother of West Coast’s Jake Waterman, played 22 games for Essendon. Port Hedland’s West Coast Eagles youth engagement coordinator Claudia Bailey said it was great the kids got access to people who had been at the highest level of the game. “I think it’s excellent for the younger generation to see the progression pathways,” she said. “It’s great to get the West Coast Eagles role models up here because it gives them that sense of aspiration and they can ask Alec those in-depth questions about the game. “And Janelle is our high school community coordinator, so it’s really valuable to have her up here and delivering sessions to the schools.” The program, which also runs in Newman, averages around 50 participants per week. It has enabled 11 kids in Port Hedland to become members of structured sports teams.