Future AFL Leaders in the Making

Over the school holiday period, 180 youth aged players from across New South Wales and the ACT completed the AFL Future Leaders Community Program, organised by AFL NSWACT.

The program was broken into two groups, aspiring leaders (13-15 years old) and emerging leaders (16-18 years old), with both groups completing an online module before participating in three zoom conferences. The topics covered included:

– Leadership Style
– Personal Brand
– Leading through Communication

The AFL Future Leaders Program was conducted by the Institute of Sport, and their Managing Director, Dr Dave Arthur was extremely impressed with the level of engagement.

“The Future Leaders were a really engaged and engaging group – they grasped the technology well and contributed at all times. There was a really upbeat vibe throughout – a willingness to learn and and experience mixed with some humour and laughs. I loved it!”

Brodie Ruitenberg, Belconnen Magpies star and Giants Development Squad Member, decided to participate in the program to develop his leadership skills.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity and wanted to learn how to become a better leader”, Brodie said.

Brodie found the program invaluable, learning “That I have a personal brand and anyone can be a leader. Also that I have strengths that come naturally to me and also I have areas I need to work on to become a better leader.”

AFL NSWACT facilitated this program as an opportunity to further develop the leadership skills of youth footballers, whilst the football void left by COVID-19 has delayed the start of the 2020 Season.