Australian Football helps teens turn their lives around

The Students at Rastrick High School in West Yorkshire have won the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards for Project of the Year with their Aussie Rules Football program. The students were awarded the honour by Sky ambassadors and Football superstar David Beckham and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis- Hill. The idea of the program is to use sports to transform the lives of young people in terms of behaviour, social skills and education.

Rastrick High School teacher and leading force of the program Dean Watson said “I was keen to choose a sport which the students would have no/little knowledge of, so that they did not approach the project with any preconceived ideas about the sport.”

As well as winning the award with their program the school also found the students behaviour and concentration improved across the student body.

Dean Watson also noted that with the program now in completion “some of the students have continued with their Aussie Rules, training with a local Aussie Rules Club the Huddersfield Rams.”

A great result for the development of the Australian Rules Football.

Here is the link to the video and article about the program.

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