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    PARTNERSHIP: Horsham College AFL Academy program leaders, Gareth Hose, left, and Shayne Breuer, with students, from left, Macey Kalms, Darcie Landrigan, Hailey Puls, Cody Bryan, Samuel Janetzki, Oscar Miller and Riley Dunlop. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AFL Academy new to Horsham College

Horsham College will launch a new student-leadership program based on Australian rules football next year.

The college will introduce an AFL Academy program, the first program of its type at the school, in partnership with AFL Wimmera Mallee.

Decorated and experienced regional football coach Gareth Hose will co-ordinate the academy, which will operate in every year level at the college.

Leading teacher Liz Klinge will also lead the program and Horsham businessman, former coach and AFL player Shayne Breuer is coaching director.

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The program is designed to provide pathways to further education through sport.

The school is already seeking expressions of interest for next year’s year-seven group.

Mr Hose said the idea was more than simply creating good footballers.

“It’s about promoting future leaders both in community football and local business,” he said.

“There is a lot of talent and passion in this community.  

“A program like this harnesses that talent and passion, and hopefully provides students with great outcomes.”

The program focuses on boys and girls development.

As well as physical skills, its aim is to also develop individuals as people, in particular leadership and community skills.

Other development areas include physical fitness and training, nutrition, injury prevention, mindfulness and psychology.

The program will feature excursions to elite facilities and to see AFL clubs in action and using School Sport Victoria and elite competitions.

Course selection at all year levels will be based on Horsham College values of community character, commitment, care and collaboration, as well as skill.

AFL Wimmera Mallee area manager Jason Muldoon said the academy would benefit individuals and have an impact on the standard of football in the region ‘for many years’.

“AFL clubs are not only looking for talented players, but players that are good members of society. A focus on developing social and leadership skills will ultimately benefit each individual,” he said.

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