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Student to share passion for footy

AFL skills day in Cobram put on by student hoping to give back to community.

ROB HENSON June 4, 2014 3:26am

Up for grabs: Sports Education Development Australia student Ben Hamilton is preparing for a AFL skills day for primary students on Friday.

A Cobram student is sharing his passion for sport with the next generation at Scott Reserve this Friday from 10am to 2pm.

Up to 375 primary students from local schools are expected to try their hand at the AFL skills day, with various activities set up around the oval during the day.

Sports Education and Development Australia student Ben Hamilton, 18, said the project as part of his Event Management subject was designed to give back to the Cobram community.

‘‘Schools in Shepparton, they get a lot of opportunities to get their AFL skills, because we do sessions there basically every week,’’ Hamilton said.

The former Cobram Primary School and Cobram Secondary College student chose the SEDA school in Year 10 as a pathway to a career in sports coaching.

‘‘The goal at the end of the year is to get a diploma, then go on to Victoria University and a Bachelor of Sports Coaching.’’

Hamilton hopes the event might kick-start more similar events in Cobram and surrounding towns.

It comes after local football clubs enter critical discussions about how to attract more young people to football.

The Katamatite reserves player said the decline in youth participation in footy was evident at his home club.

‘‘Hardly anybody comes to play under-14s or 17s football — I just think it’s the technology we have today (such as) video games.

‘‘That’s what this (skills day) is about, hopefully it encourages kids to find time away from their Xbox to play footy for an hour.’’

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