AFLW LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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If you answer YES to these questions, this program is for you:

Do you love football and are a female between the ages of 15 – 18?

Do you want to build your confidence and leadership both on and off the field?

Even in a team, do you sometimes feel alone and not understood?

Do you want to learn from the best in the AFLW?

Do you want help to reach your full potential?

If you answer YES to these questions, watch this video!

With the Game Changers AFLW Leadership Program you will learn from the best to develop life and football skills for you to use on and off the field.

Our Promise

In this 5 day residential leadership program, you will:

Develop essential life and leadership skills including confidence, resilience and self belief

Be given strategies and tools for how to develop and maintain great mental health and deal with the pressures of life and football.

Hear from incredible AFLW & VFLW athletes about their journey and the challenges they have overcome to get to where they are.

Learn from AFLW & VFLW coaches and staff about what it really takes to be an elite athlete.

Have an unforgettable life-changing experience.

Build close connections and life-long friendships with other participants.

“Game Changers taught me about self-motivation and self-belief. How to push myself beyond what I thought I could”- 2018 Participant
“My son came home saying he has a life-changing experience. In his own quiet way, he left more empowered, confident and now puts himself outside his comfort zone”- 2019 Parent
“I built friendships with strangers, met heaps of new people and enjoyed the structured learning experience through visual, emotional and literal learning”- 2017 Participant
“My daughters own inner spirit, confidence and energy for life has dramatically increased since the program”- 2019 Parent
“I want to inspire young people just like this program inspired me. I am going to take on leadership, be brave and make a change”- 2019 Participant
“We have already noticed a weight lifted off his shoulders and a lightness in his demeanour. His eyes and emotions are wide open to life. Something every parent must wish for their child”- 2019 Parent

Our Approach

We run transformational leadership programs focused on the development of life-skills, employment skills, mental health tools and stratified to help young people increase their confidence, resilience and work readiness.

SPORTS FOCUS

We teach leadership distinctions
through a sporting lens.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

We facilitate hands-on learning experiences and create the opportunity for reflection, inquiry and action.

AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

We facilitate the understanding of values-based leadership and authentic leadership principles.

STRENGTHS-BASED

We recognise and honour the unique talents of participants and help them to become their best selves.

INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING

We teach the skills of self inquiry
to facilitate greater self awareness.

Meet Our Ambassadors

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JESS HOSKING

Jess was drafted by Carlton in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft, however, missed the 2017 season due to an ACL injury. Jess made her debut against Collingwood in the opening round of the 2018 season.

Jess was born with a cleft lip and palate and has endured 18 surgeries. Within her football career she has triumphed two shoulder reconstructions and an ACL reconstruction.

We are stoked to have Jess on board to help inspire and empower the next generation of young AFLW players of all skill levels.

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GEORGIA WALKER

Georgia had been playing football for 11 years before having to take some time off due to concussion. This followed an AFLW season at Collingwood, and captaining the inaugural Southern Saints VFLW side. After tests, rehab and retraining, Georgia got the all clear to come back and play the game in 2019.

In 2019, Georgia coached alongside Nathan Burke, Southern Saints VFLW, in the backlineIn seek of a new adventure and another opportunity, Georgia moved to Sydney to help coach and work at GWS with the Women’s Academy and looks to punch for a VFLW listing in 2020!

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NATALIE PLANE

At 13, Nat could no longer play football due to not having a youth girls league she focused on cricket and soccer. Nat represented Victoria in Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 18s and was the community rookie for the Melbourne Starts in the Womens Big Bash League.  The following year was picked up as a fully contracted player by the Renegades. One of her highest acolades was playing in the first ever Australian Indigenous side touring India and England.

In 2016, Nat returned to footy at Seaford VFL, nominating for the AFLW draft in the inaugural season. Nat was selected by Carlton and is now heading into her 4th AFLW season. As well as playing AFLW for Carlton, Nat also plays and captains the VFLW Carlton side.

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KAITLYN CAREW

Kaitlyn previously played high level soccer for Casey Comets Premier Division Reserves and representative basketball for the Wonthaggi Coasters. Kaitlyn retired from competitive soccer and basketball after requiring an ankle reconstruction.

In 2017, Kaitlyn begun playing footy for the first time with Seaford VFLW. In 2018, Kaitlyn was selected in the Southern Saints VFLW side. Following her year at Southern Saints, Kaitlyn transferred to the Williamstown VFLW team where she was selected in the leadership group in 2019. Kaitlyn has recently been signed with the Hawthorn VFLW side for 2020.

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COURTENEY MUNN

Courteney like many other girls transferred from another sport to play football. Courteney played basketball for the Sandringham Sabres throughout her junior career until the age of 19.

After retiring from basketball, Courteney joined the Seaford VFLW team in her first season of football. She then transferred to St Kilda VFLW until being drafted by North Melbourne AFLW. Courteney played for North Melbourne AFLW in the 2019 season.

Recently Courteney signed with St Kilda AFLW to be apart of their inaugural AFLW team in 2020.

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ELISE MULLER

Elise is a proud First Nations 2019 Essendon VFLW player who is openly Autistic. Elise initially worked her way into VFLW with Western Bulldogs before transferring to Essendon. Elise spent most of her 2019 season rehabbing for a successful 2020 season with Essendon.

Winner of the 2019 Victorian Disability Emerging Leader award, off the field Elise is a trailblazer for Disability Awareness and Inclusion in sport and schools. Elise has used her platform to create further awareness by becoming AFL’s first ever Player Disability Ambassador.

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BROOKE VERNON

Brooke, in the 2019 AFLW Draft, was picked up by Carlton Football Club.

Brooke has followed the football pathway from Auskick all the way through juniors, Youth Girls, Interleague, V-line, Dandenong Stingrays, Vic Country. In 2019 Brooke played VFLW at Southern Saints and now begins her journey in the Carlton AFLW side.

Brooke wanted to be involved with this program as she would love to work with the young girls and help them become strong leaders, better players and great people.

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COURTNEY JONES

Courtney in the 2019 AFLW Draft was picked up by Carlton Football Club.

Courtney started football with the boys and only begun playing with the girls in u18’s. Courtney was selected in the South East Junior Interleague Team, inaugural Dandenong Stingrays and played with them for 3 years, Vic Metro Team, School Sport Victoria U16’s team and at the conclusion of the competition was selected into the All Australia team.

In 2018, Courtney played for the Southern Saints VFLW team as an U18 Player and went on to be apart of the draft combine. Unfortunately, Courtney missed out on the 2018 AFLW draft. Backed by Southern Saints in 2019, she played a full season and then was drafted by Carlton Football Club for their 2020 AFLW Team!

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CASSANDRA MEADS

Cassandra has been a footballer since she started out with the boys at 13 years of age.  Cass transitioned to Youth Girls before moving into the Women’s Competition. Cass represented Victoria in the National School Sports U18 Competition for 3 years and the South East in the inter-league games numerous times.

Cass’ determination and commitment came into play when she tore her meniscus last season but decided against having surgery.  After a hard year of rehab and strengthening Cass made a come back.

Cass has captained the Cranbourne Hallam and Narre Warren South Lions and currently plays for Cranbourne Womens Football Team in South East Division One.

APRIL GOLDRING

April Goldring is a proud First Nations woman who was drafted to the Western Bulldogs in their inaugural VFLW season debuting in the opening round of the 2018 season.

April has earnt herself a position as an accredited AFL Victorian Head Coach within the AFL Victoria Women’s System. April was appointed the position of Playing Assistant Coach and Skipper of the RMIT Women’s Football Academy in 2019.

April will bring a unique and authentic insight into the operations of the AFL world being in the system as an Indigenous athlete and coach.

What’s Included

Included in the 5 day AFLW Leadership Program:

Accomodation for 5 days and 4 nights

Wholesome food for the duration of the camp

Connection with AFLW & VFLW Players and coaches

Training and coaching from AFLW/VFLW Players and coaches

Life changing education and skills (the stuff they don’t teach you at school.)

Program Dates

15 – 18 years program: Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April*

*Updated: There will be one camp for all participants aged 15 – 18 running these holidays 

Please Note: These programs are only open to female football players aged 15-18 from Victoria. There are only 40 places available. Apply now as it works on a first-in first-served basis.

“This program provided the opportunity for me to become more accepting of myself and the challenges I face with my schooling”- 2018 Participant
“She loved the program & spoke to us for a few hours about what you did. I have never seen her talk for so long about one thing. Definitely inspirational!! She got so much out of it & enjoyed being with everyone. It is amazing to see the work you are doing, particularly with young girls.”- 2018 Parent
“The Game Changers program allowed me to see the power of vulnerability and really shed light on the importance of acceptance”- 2017 Participant
“Every young person should have the opportunity to do this program”- 2019 Mentor
“I don’t believe I would be standing in front of you today as School Captain and in the middle of my VCE journey if it weren’t for this program”- 2018 Participant
“A positive, rewarding and confidence building program. This program has helped my daughter to believe in herself, push herself out of her comfort zone and further develop her leadership skills. I know she will use these skills throughout her life.” - 2019 Parent

Investment

The investment is $990 per participant.
Tailored payment plans are available.

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FAQ’s

We are a youth preventative mental health organisation. We work to upskill and empower young Australians to become empowered leaders in their lives and communities. Since 2012, we have worked with over 3000 young people, Australia-wide, running transformational leadership programs.

Our leaders come from various different professional, personal and ethnic backgrounds and all provide an amazing insight and support for our Participants. We also look to have participants from previous programs come back and continue their involvement with Game Changers and provide them the support to become leaders and develop their leadership further.

All of the leaders have a Working With Children Check and have completed their Safeguarding Children certificate. On every program we have leaders who are qualified with First Aid. The leaders have also been trained in facilitation and safety in a training camp by experienced coaches, speakers and facilitators.

The program will be held at a venue close to Melbourne. Details about this venue will be sent out.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email and we will get in touch to organise a short call to answer any questions and ensure you have everything you need to prepare to make the most of the program. We will send out necessary details about the program as well as media usage consent forms and medical indemnity forms to be completed before arriving at the Program. 

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email and we will be in touch with you to get the ball rolling before the program begins. If you do not receive this email, please contact Program Director, Fiona on fiona.sanford@game-changers.life

Absolutely! The more friends and/or teammates the better. If you think they would benefit from the program please get them involved.

All aspects of the program will be able to be modified to suit all abilities, including injuries. Please let us know what you are/aren’t able to do and we will work with you to accommodate the program.

This program requires 100% attendance for the duration of the program.  If you are concerned about this requirement please contact us directly.

Amazing! This program is suitable for any female footballer between the ages of 15 – 18 years no matter their ability, experience or goals with football. The program is all about learning to be the best footballer, leader and person that you can possibly be.

No. If you do, that’s fantastic, however it is not a requirment.