SIMON Nimmo is using AFL to help students at Yule Brook College become more employable and ‘good blokes’.
Mr Nimmo won the Most Outstanding Indigenous Program for his work at the college implementing the program as part of the 2016 AFL School Ambassador Awards.
Mr Nimmo implemented the diversity umpiring program and helped out the youth girls school football team at the college.
Student attendance is approaching 100 per cent as a result of finding opportunities for the students to work out of school and for engaging district staff to assist with programs.
The students involved in the program were also getting involved in the community by going through an umpiring course and then umpiring games on weekends.
Mr Nimmo also helped the students with career options and finding them a job after they finished school.
The Palmyra resident said footy was a way to get students excited about coming to school and taught them good life skills.
“We use as many aspects of footy as we can to get them engaged and enthused about their education at school,” he said.
“Our goal is to teach them through to Year 12 and then give them career options and place them in a job and give them the skills and ability to be an employable young man by the time they finish school and having a lot of fun along the way.
“It’s all about participating and being a good bloke.”
He said the skills had never been just a program, but everything else that went with being a footballer.
“It’s all about being confident, punctual and all these qualities come with being a pro footy player or having a job,” he said.
“The skills have never been the problem but everything else that goes with being a professional footballer.”