Aussie Rules to fea­ture in schools

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

The Aus­tralian Sports Com­mis­sion has re­cently launched a new ini­tia­tive — Sport­ing Schools Pro­gram— that will en­able schools to par­tic­i­pate in a range of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with a strong ini­tial re­sponse from schools across the Goul­burn Mur­ray.

The new ini­tia­tive re­places the Ac­tive Af­ter School com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram and will be­gin in term three.

Schools have un­til this Fri­day, June 26, to register for the pro­gram at­ingschools.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray will be of­fer­ing two pro­grams through the SSP:

Learn AFL is an Aus­tralian Football de­vel­op­ment pro­gram tar­geted at stu­dents with lim­ited to no knowl­edge of the game.

The cur­ricu­lum is linked to spe­cific ed­u­ca­tional out­comes achieved through prac­tis­ing the core skills of the game and learn­ing about the AFL and its clubs.

Ex­pe­ri­ence AFL is an Aus­tralian Football de­vel­op­ment pro­gram tar­geted at stu­dents that al­ready have some un­der­stand­ing of the game.

The cur­ricu­lum ex­pands on the stu­dents’ pre­vi­ous ex­po­sure to the game via spe­cific les­son plans and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Aus­tralian football through mod­i­fied match play.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray Re­gion gen­eral man­ager Martin Glee­son is now look­ing for suit­able staff to de­liver a high qual­ity pro­gram.

‘‘This is an ex­cit­ing new pro­gram and the ini­tial re­sponse for AFL means we are now seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from suit­able per­son­nel to be en­gaged as game de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers,’’ he said.

‘‘Em­ployed on a ca­sual ba­sis a GDO will be pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the de­liv­ery of the pro­gram in schools com­menc­ing in term three.’’

Mr Glee­son said suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants would have the abil­ity to teach the ba­sic skills of Aus­tralian Rules Football and have an un­der­stand­ing of ju­nior football.

‘‘Can­di­dates should also have ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion and time­m­an­age­ment skills,’’ he said.

‘‘Avail­able trans­port will also be es­sen­tial to be able to travel to var­i­ous pro­grams and a valid Work­ing With Chil­dren check will be manda­tory.’’

Mr Glee­son said the op­por­tu­nity to work in other com­mu­nity based ini­tia­tives may also be avail­able, in­clud­ing de­liv­ery of clin­ics, NAB AFL Aus­kick pro­grams and pro­mo­tions, AFL 9s pro­grams and school hol­i­day pro­grams.

‘‘These GDO roles are an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for en­thu­si­as­tic in­di­vid­u­als with a pas­sion for work­ing with school-age chil­dren.’’

Mr Glee­son said in­ter­views would be­gin the week of June 29, and all ap­pli­ca­tions needed to be lodged via the web­site at www.goul­burn­mur­rayafl.­vel­op­ment-Of­fi­cer

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Sport­ing Schools Pro­gram go to­ingschools.

A night out: Jeff and Judy Baker swapped their golf­ing gear for some­thing a bit more for­mal for the Vic­tory Hall Ball Satur­day night.

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