The Jim Stynes program was a huge success in its inaugural year, offering 40 young Multicultural boys, between the age of 16 and 19, the opportunity to further their development on and off.

With a growing numbers of Multicultural boys playing community footy aged between 16 and 18, so one of the aims of the program is to increase opportunities for young Multicultural players to enter AFL Victoria’s talent pathway including the TAC Cup competition.

Supported by the AFL, the Korin Gomandji Institute (KGI) and AFL SportsReady, the aim of the program is to further develop the pathway to the AFL competition for Multicultural players, as well as providing training and education to support the off field development of young up and coming Multicultural players.

Multicultural players already participating within a regional TAC Cup program will continue their involvement, however, if not selected they will have the opportunity to play with the Jim Stynes squad and also be able to participate in the related off field development program that sits within it.

This is a program designed to strengthen the cultural connection to the talent pathway in Victoria and will assist with players committing and engaging in the program. All players representing the Jim Stynes squad will be aligned to their respective AFL Victoria talent region which is determined by place of residence.

The program is based predominantly at the high class facility of Richmond FC, which offers a great insight into what is required at the elite level.

For boys who were looking to further their footballing careers, they are able to see how much hard work it takes in an off field-capacity with significant emphasis on nutrition, recovery and numerous team meetings to discuss team rules, structures and game plans.

The squad played four games against high quality opposition that are part of AFL Victoria’s talent pathway program: Laguntas and the U/16 Victoria Country side.

For more information on the Jim Stynes Program, please contact:
Brad Copeland

AFL Victoria Diversity Talent Manager

Email: brad.copeland@afl.com.au

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