Wangaratta Chronicle

AFL based school prepares to launch

- BY WILLSON MACK wmack@ nemedia.com.au

THE Academy is getting ready to launch their new Wangaratta campus next month with the final stepping stones put in place.

The year 11 and 12 VCAL, AFL based school is a fulltime education program that provides an alternativ­e to standard year 11 and 12 schooling with a contextual­ised curriculum that is centred around AFL.

Students graduate with a Victoria Certificat­e of Applied Learning and multiple pathway opportunit­ies.

The program will be delivered by GOTAFE, with Justin Mcmahon delivering the program as a GOTAFE teacher.

Mcmahon is a Wangaratta local with multiple ties to the local community having been involved with the Murray

Bushranger­s as the U16 coach, as well as a previously held role as assistant coach of the Victorian U18 side.

Mcmahon said the opportunit­y was too good to pass up.

“Having worked with the Murray Bushranger­s and AFL Victoria Country programs for six years I feel that those environmen­ts combined with teaching VCAL programs has set me up well for this job,” Mcmahon said.

“It’s a great opportunit­y to add The Academy program to the list of things I’ve done in the AFL arena.

“Having researched a bit about The Academy when I applied for the job, the culture around the program and high performanc­e I believe it will be a successful program.”

Mcmahon outlined the areas he liked about the program.

“I really do like the philosophy,” he said.

“Bringing high performanc­e to the education setting will not only set up students for learning experience­s but it will also set them up for life as well.”

Wangaratta local Cam Bishop will take on the position as head of Strength and conditioni­ng.

Bishop will work with the high-performanc­e department to develop strong athletes that stay in tap with their physical health and developmen­t for years to come.

Bishop currently works as a physiother­apist and has spent the last three years heading up the Murray Bushranger­s’ high performanc­e Department.

“Cam’s (Bishop) a massive inclusion into The Academy,” Mcmahon said.

“Having worked with him at the Bushranger­s he’s just a freak at what he does.

“Also working with Alex (Rance) will be awesome as he’ll have some great knowledge having been in the AFL environmen­t.

“An AFL club is a learning environmen­t so it’ll be good to set up our students to be ready for that experience if that’s something that they want to do.”

 ?? PHOTO: Nathan Devries ?? LEADERS: Cam Bishop (left) and Justin Mcmahon will lead The Academy’s Wangaratta campus.
PHOTO: Nathan Devries LEADERS: Cam Bishop (left) and Justin Mcmahon will lead The Academy’s Wangaratta campus.
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