Offering more than football skills
THE AFL for Life Program has not only delivered to the South West’s primary schools, but it is also giving high school students a fantastic opportunity to benefit from our great game.
The most notable of these has been the opportunity for many high school students to participate in work experience.
In previous years this has been difficult to offer due to much of the work happening out of school hours or on the weekends.
But through the program the students have been able to gain valuable experience, including helping at the various primary school clinics.
The opportunity to observe the clinics in the first instance and then conduct their own under supervision has seen their confidence grow and given them hands-on experience.
As well as this, the students have been able to assist with football development programs, umpiring and media, as well as some office tasks such as sorting equipment, developing and creating documents.
The high school students who benefited from this were Baxter Hutchinson and Tyson Vincent, from Cape Naturaliste College; Harry Curtin, from Georgiana Molloy Anglican School; and Chris Dixon, from Manea Senior College.
There was also an opportunity for students from TAFE to help with the delivery of our various football programs.
These students delivered a session at Busselton Senior High School for students who ran football programs at local primary schools and a couple of them also conducted AFL for Life clinics at Collie Senior High School and Cape Naturaliste College.
In other news, this weekend the grand finals of the South West Junior Football League will be played on Saturday from 9am at PC Payne Park and Hands Oval.
The Busselton and District Junior Football Association grand finals will be held from 11am at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.
Then on Sunday the South West Football League’s inaugural women’s grand final begins at midday with the men’s preliminary finals at Hands Oval.
We hope to see you down there this weekend to catch some great South West football action.
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School student Harry Curtin helps to teach football skills to students from Cowaramup Primary School during his work experience with the AFL for Life program.