Of­fer­ing more than foot­ball skills

South Western Times - - Women’s Grand Final Preview - Glen Omodei

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.

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