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Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project – August update

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017 - 3:15pm

A group of local Year 9 and 10 students are challenging themselves, leading by example and learning a range of exciting things as part of the Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project.

They’ve been committed to the program since March, and continuing to shine bright with their enthusiasm and dedication to learning.

Local young person Zoe Green, who is one of the participants, is feeing inspired by the program and excited for the road ahead. According to Zoe, ‘Good leadership is not about making speeches or being popular. Effective leadership is about making positive results for those you lead’. Wise words, especially from one so young!

Here is a snapshot of recent events the group have participated in, and how these activities can help shape a brighter future in leadership.  

Level 1 AFL coaching course – upskilling

Golden Plains’ participants recently completed a coaching course at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre as part of the seven-month program. This fantastic qualification is transferrable across a variety of sports and enables participants to obtain paid employment in the sport and recreation industry, if they choose to go down that path.

The course highlighted teaching principles and methods, and outlined how to manage a small group, structure and progress a lesson, manage time and behaviours and work as part of a team – all of these modules are important parts of leadership!

Careers expo – learning about opportunities

The group also recently participated in a careers expo held at Whitten Oval – the ‘spiritual home’ of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. The expo was designed to expose young people to the huge range of career pathways and education opportunities available to them. The ‘speed dating’ style expo gave participants a rare insight into future pathways that could change their lives and shape exciting leadership careers.

Junior members’ clinic – helping deliver a huge event

Our young participates were fortunate enough to work alongside Western Bulldogs players to deliver a junior members’ clinic. Attended by over 500 young people, the large-scale event gave participants event management experience, plus the opportunity to rub shoulders with AFL stars.


Contact our Youth team on 5220 7111. 

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.