The East Coast Eagles Football Club is committed to providing all players a safe and enjoyable environment to play football. The Eagles recognise that factors outside of football can have an impact on a player’s enjoyment and performance on the field.
For this reason, the Eagles have a Player Welfare Officer, Georgia Walker. Georgia is a former Collingwood player who transitioned to coaching after some issues with concussion. She is currently working with the GWS Giants alongside Cam Bernasconi and continues her coaching journey with the women’s program.
Georgia is experienced in managing people and provides players with an avenue for a confidential discussion for both their on-field aspirations and off-field life, should they need such support.
The goal of the Player Welfare Officer is to:
» Help the Club to develop an environment which:
- All players feel is safe, inclusive, respectful and enjoyable
- Develops players’ skills and disciplines
- Encourages professional and personal excellence
- Assists in setting and achieving personal goals
- Fosters a sense of team spirit and responsibility
- Encourages fair play: and
- Will maximise all players’ opportunities to play football
» Assist with the provision of confidential advice, support & guidance for any players who may require additional assistance beyond that needed by the “average player”, including:
- Help with schooling, work, family and/or other life issues
- Specific skill training
» Help the Club to promote, enforce and improve standards, practices and codes of conduct and policies which support players, Club development and growth
» Liaise with AFL Staff on development opportunities for the Club
» Coordinate the provision of training resources (such as videos and other instructional / educational information) to coaches and teams
» Act as a confidential conduit to the Club Board on player welfare
» Ensure that the Club deals promptly, impartially and sensitively with player welfare issues and breaches of policies and codes of conduct and that it imposes appropriate sanctions for breaches