Port Adelaide to host AFL’s first with members convention at Alberton next year

Written by Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser,

Port Adelaide will host the AFL’s — and Australian sport’s — first members forum on February 10 at Alberton.

Dubbed “Inside Port Adelaide Live”, the all-day members convention will give 750 Power members an unprecedented rundown of how an AFL club operates.

Port Adelaide Football Club executive general manager Matthew Richardson told The Advertiser the ground-breaking forum is designed to give Power members a greater insight on how their AFL football program.

“We are a ‘members first’ club — and we have asked how do we bring the members further inside the club,” Richardson said.

“Of greatest interest is the football program — and today’s fan is not as close to that part of the club as was the case before the professional era.”

The convention — that replicates forum conducted by major professional sports clubs such as the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball in the US — will involve the Power’s key football staff and players, chief executive Keith Thomas and president David Koch.

Senior coach Ken Hinkley will open the convention at 9am. It will close at 3.30pm with members able to walk in and opt out of presentations.

These will include football panels on each key division of the Power’s football team, such as the defence with the presentation led by assistant coach Nathan Bassett and supported by senior Port Adelaide players.

Senior assistant coach Matthew Nicks will detail the work of AFL coaches.

Football chief Chris Davies and list manager Jason Cripps will review the Power’s recruiting and trade program and strategy.

“Members will leave their phones at the door, come and go through 10-12 presentations and be given an exclusive look at how the club operates,” Richardson said.

“We have been challenging ourselves since the move to Adelaide Oval (in 2014) to do things that make our 60,000 members feel closer to their club.

“We will begin with 750 members. We want it to be an annual event — and we want to aim to giving access to more members.”

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