Mount Gambier Football Program

Monday, March 24, 2014

Stephen Day is leading the way for regional football specific school programs at Mount Gambier HS.


AFL School Ambassador of eight years, Stephen Day, continues to conduct one of the most comprehensive regional sport school programs in South Australia. 

The Mount Gambier High School (MGHS) Football Program has been offering football specific curriculum to year 8, 9 and 10 students for 7 years.

The program is not only extremely popular with young footballers in Mount Gambier but also generates wider interest with some students even crossing the border from Victoria just to attend.

Stephen, a level 2 accredited coach, ensures that his football students experience a full understanding of the sport, including coaching and umpiring. Working closely with SANFL Regional Football Coordinator Ian Perryman, he provides opportunities for his students to gain coaching and umpiring experience at local schools, including involvement in the Glenelg FC country week school visits.

The students also umpire several 9-a-side carnivals each year, including the girl’s 9-a-side carnival. They play an active role in not only umpiring the games, but also educating the girls about playing the game. This introduction to football often guides many young female participants to continue their football experience in the booming South East Girls Football Academy. 

The MGHS Football Program has seen several talented players attend the program including 4 AFL drafted players in the last 2 years (Jordan Murdoch –Geelong, Brodie Murdoch – St Kilda, Tim O’Brien – Hawthorn and Nathan Starke –Melbourne). It is a great breeding ground for the Glenelg FC as well with a high percentage of Glenelg FC players having strong links to the South East area.

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