WORK experience students looking to get a glimpse into the world of football have been doing so with the Swan Districts Football Club.
In three years, more than 30 students have taken part in the club’s work experience program working in around the club gaining knowledge of football operations.
Schools including Bullsbrook Senior High School, Governor Stirling Senior High and La Salle College have all taken part and according to operations manager Rick Anderson have gone on to successful football pathways.
“In the past three years we have had 32 high school students on work experience of which two have completed their Certificate 2 in Business or Sports and Recreation.
“We employ two of these students on a casual basis. We have also found full-time and part-time employment for 18 of our colts players over the last two years. Some of these were apprenticeships.”
La Salle College onsite co-ordinator Silvio Lombardi said students from the school had been involved with the club for four years.
“We have approximately eight students per year complete one of these work experience programs with Rick overseeing them as the workplace supervisor,” he said.
“His willingness to give young people an opportunity to be involved in the sport and recreation industry has been invaluable and has enabled many students to gain confidence and return to school with improved self-esteem.
“Many have gone on to work in the industry.”
He said students learned business from reception duties, stock control, event planning and general maintenance.