Camp participants meet Karmichael Hunt and Andrew McLeod.

2010 AFL Multicultural Academy Camp

Thursday, September 30, 2010

In the week leading up to this year's grand final, 80 young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds within Victoria and South Australia were given the opportunity to engage in a unique football and life educational experience.

The 2010 AFL Multicultural Academy Camp held in Melbourne gave the invited players the chance to display, test and improve their talents as footballers and as young men.
 
As well as introducing participants to elite testing, past and present players, quality training facilities and insights into being an elite AFL footballer, the Camp also focused on the players’ personal health, athletic abilities and leadership skills.

High Performance Camp

On Tuesday, 31 players were selected for the High Performance Camp in which they undertook an elite testing experience at Monash University's Clayton Campus.
 
Other Camp highlights included:

  • Training sessions with football greats such as Peter Daicos and Jason McCartney
  • Chance to hear from fantastic role models such as Andrew McLeod, Michael Hurley, Karmichael Hunt and Kevin Sheehan

The culmination of the camp was the opportunity to walk in the 2010 AFL Toyota Grand Final parade through Melbourne in front of over 100,000 screaming fans.

The squad took a front row spot to watch Collingwood Captain Nick Maxwell and St Kilda Captain Nick Riewoldt lift the Premiership Cup.

Talent to watch out for

Sixteen-year-old South Australian Emmanual Irra—who was born in Uganda—was a standout at the Camp, showing great skill and athletic ability as well as being an incredibly coachable player who strives to be the best he can.
 
Emmanuel recently played in the NAB U/16 Championships and represented the World Team in Division 2. Since starting the program, Emmanuel has demonstrated great development, finishing his club season playing Reserves for South Adelaide and holding his own.

This time next year Emmanuel may be at the 2011 NAB AFL Draft Combine, hopefully pursuing his dream of becoming an elite AFL footballer.
 
The AFL would like to thank the Victorian Government for their fantastic support of the AFL Multicultural Program along with its partner football clubs: Collingwood, Essendon, Hawthorn, Richmond and the Western Bulldogs.

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