2012 Jill Lindsay Scholarship Winner, Hayley Robinson

2012 Jill Lindsay Scholarship Winner

Monday, April 30, 2012

The AFL is pleased to advise Hayley Robinson from the AFL Umpires Association has been awarded the 2012 Jill Lindsay Scholarship.

Jill Lindsay was the AFLís longest serving employee having completed 41 years at the AFL in various roles including VFL Park match day manager and VFL membership manager before being appointed grounds operations manager in 1991. On February 7, 2011, Jill passed away after losing her battle with cancer.

In recognition of her outstanding service the AFL Commission created the annual Jill Lindsay Scholarship to be awarded to the female graduate with the most potential to come through the AFL SportsReady program. The scholarship provides $20,000 to assist further education.

Hayley, 22, has held the position of Administration Co-Ordinator with the AFLUA since completing her AFL SportsReady traineeship in 2008. For the past three years she has managed day-to-day office operations, general correspondence, the AFLUA member benefits program and co-ordinating events.

Hayley said winning the scholarship was totally unexpected but she was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her studies.

ďIím an open book at the moment. Iím going to get some advice on which course I should take, but I know I want to study business and pursue a career within the football industry,Ē she said. 

AFL SportsReady will provide a lap top valued at $700 to assist Hayley with her study.

Leading Australian womenís fashion brand Perri Cutten has kindly made available a voucher to the value of $750, while Andi Pert, a HR consultant specializing in leadership development and executive coaching, will mentor Hayley for 12 months. Andi is the wife of Collingwood FC Chief Executive Officer Gary Pert and played softball in teams coached by Jill Lindsay.

AFL SportsReady is the AFLís employment and training partner. It was established in 1995 to enhance the career pathways in employment and training for athletes and non-athletes alike. The program employs and mentors more than 600 trainees throughout Australia each year.

In 2011, AFL Sportsready inducted its 9000th trainee of which more than 1000 have been Indigenous Australians.

Carlton Football Club Membership Operations Manager Nicole Rowlings was awarded the inaugural Jill Lindsay scholarship last year.

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