MATER DEI COLLEGE HAWKS, AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL PROGRAM

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The Australian Rules Football Program at Mater Dei College (MDC) aims to provide talented students with an opportunity to further develop their footballing ability, with an emphasis on skill development and gameplay strategies and tactics.

BREEDING A CULTURE OF SUCCESS

Mater Dei College holds a strong reputation within the Footballing Community backed by the support of the West Perth Football Club and WestAustralian Football Commission. Our Program serves its players, as a Talent Pathway in progressing to elite football, with the potential to achieve WAFL/AFL selection.

THE PROGRAM

The belief within the Mater Dei College Football Program, is that individuals must first develop the strength of character essential in emerging as leaders within their College community, and therefore, transforming them as leaders on the field. The Four Pillars of Mater Dei College, comprised of Faith, Learning, Community and Service sets the scaffolding upon which we operate to fulfil our goal of developing our students in to respectful well-rounded people. We believe that in order for students to be successful as players, they must be successful as students.

The Program works within the structure of a Specialised Physical Education (SPE) class, consisting of two Practical Lessons and one Theoretical lesson per week. With the goal of providing students with a holistic footballing education, players of the Program will also have the opportunity to achieve a Level 1 Certificate in Sports Training, Certificate I in Sport & Recreation, Level 1 Coaching Accreditation as well as a Level 1 Umpiring accreditation. The Program consists of a Year 9 class of each gender and a Year 10 girls class only with the intention to grow and involve other year levels in future years.

It is essential that all students who are selected, respect and value their position in the Program. Our selection process is stringently designed to ensure that only deserving students who meet all criteria gain selection in to the MDC Hawks Australian Rules Football Program. Students must continue to strive for the highest possible standard of performance in all areas of their College life and our system ensures that they are committed to this task.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH

Throughout the year, keynote speakers from the West Perth Football Club, West Coast Eagles Football Club and Fremantle Dockers Football Club will feature in delivering leadership coaching to students on and off the field, goal setting, sports nutrition advice and other important areas of the game. In addition to the playing aspect of the game, students will be led through umpiring and coaching principles to encourage involvement in other roles of our game and supporting the growth of Australian Rules Football. Experts within the Sport Science industry will aid in the deliverance of Strength & Conditioning training programs which incorporate Cardiovascular Endurance and Strength & Power training to meet the demands of the modern day player. Rehabilitation/Recovery methods necessary in developing the professional habits required at an elite. Players and Coaches involved at WAFL and AFL levels of the game will feature in Skill Development Training comprised within the Program.

TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

During the course of the Program, students will engage with various aspects of the WA footballing community. Excursions to the West Perth Falcons, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers training facilities feature in the calendar year. Our Year 9 students will have the opportunity of travelling to Melbourne to experience the rich footballing culture of Victoria. Students will attend an AFL fixture, MCG Tour, visit the Hawthorn Football Club’s training facilities and play an exhibition game against a Melbourne-based College. Year 10 students will have the special experience of a trip to a Rural community as selected each year, upon where they will offer coaching and umpiring to primary school students within that community.

FOOTBALL/COACHING STAFF

The MDC Australian Rules Football Program is committed to providing players the highest standard of coaching and teaching. All Physical Education staff involved in the program are accredited with a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Level 1 AFL Coaching Qualification, led by our Football Program Coordinator & Head Coach, Mr Luke Hendricks with an NCAS Level 2 AFL Coaching Accreditation along with experience played at an elite level.

Head Coach and Program Co-ordinator - Luke Hendricks

• WEST PERTH FALCONS PAST PLAYER

• WEST PERTH FALCONS COLTS CAPTAIN 2006

• WA STATE REPRESENTATIVE 16’S - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER

• WEST AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE STATE U23’S SQUAD

• ST KILDA SAINTS AFL RECRUITING – TALENT IDENTIFICATION SCOUT 2013

FURTHER INFORMATION

The application form for the AFL Program can be downloaded here and for more information regarding the Program, please download our flyer or contact Mr Hendricks or Ms Wheeler:

Mr Luke Hendricks – Head Coach and Football Program Coordinator: luke.hendricks@mdc.wa.edu.au 

Ms Jessica Wheeler – Sports Coordinator: jessica.wheeler@mdc.wa.edu.au