AFL Victoria's Youth Girls Academy Awarded SRV Honour

Victorian Academy and Representative Players, Alicia Eva and Nicola Stevens with Female Football Development Manager, Chyloe Kurdas

AFL Victoria's Youth Girls Academy was last night named Victoria's leading Sport and Recreation Education program at the 2009 Sport and Recreation Victoria Awards ceremony at the MCG.

Women’s participation in Australian Rules Football (AFL) is the fastest growing segment of the game. AFL Victoria’s Youth Girls Academy was established in recognition of the number of talented female players moving through the sport to the elite level. The Academy was established in 2008, with support from the Essendon Football Club, to provide Victoria’s most promising Youth Girls players with on- and off-field development opportunities similar to those for the boys. Players are selected for the two-year curriculum based on their playing ability, leadership and commitment to the sport. The program also incorporates a squad of 10 promising female field umpires.

Monthly on-field sessions with elite coaches and former AFL players such as Jason McCartney, Jarrod Molloy, Leon Harris and Darren Flannigan have provided the girls with specialist coaching to fast-track their playing ability. Off-field sessions include financial management, drug and alcohol awareness, driver behaviour, media skills, cultural diversity, performance under pressure, public speaking and leadership. Players and umpires have completed a basic umpiring course and level 1 coaching accreditation.

The girls are encouraged and supported to pursue ongoing education in the sports development industry and to make the most of career opportunities. Volunteer work is also an important part of the program, with the girls participating in up to 2,000 hours of community service each year. By providing both on- and off-field development opportunities for the girls, AFL Victoria hopes to emphasise that developing into a great person is just as important as developing into a great footballer.

For more information: Chyloe Kurdas 03 8663 3042

For more information on the finalists and the 2009 SRV Awards: http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/web9/dvcsrv.nsf/headingpagesdisplay/active+communities2009+sport+and+recreation+awards




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