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Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust founder and for­mer All Black Michael Jones says the Sports Academy equips stu­dents with qual­i­fi­ca­tions to pre­pare them for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘For what­ever rea­sons school doesn’t work for some youth and this pro­vides them with a ve­hi­cle to get to the next steps,’’ he says.

Jones stud­ied an eco­nomic and ge­og­ra­phy masters at Auck­land Univer­sity while he was wear­ing the black jersey and says ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways been im­por­tant to him.

‘‘I was lucky enough to be able to live my dream of play­ing for my coun­try while study­ing. You have to marry your dream as a sports­man with a good ed­u­ca­tion that can lead you to a real job. Rugby and sport can be so fickle. One day you’re in and you can be out the next if you re­ceive an in­jury.’’

Pho­tos: MON­ICA TISCHLER

Bal­ance: Trust founder and for­mer All Black Michael Jones says it is im­por­tant for youth to com­bine a love of sport with a good ed­u­ca­tion.

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