Melbourne Victory Football Club will host up to 75 secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in a Holiday Program supported by the Department of Education and Training (DET) this week.
The students involved will come from a wide range of schools around Melbourne, with each student nominated by their respective school to take part in the program.
Starting on Monday, the five-day program aims to keep students engaged and connected to education by providing insights into an elite sporting club, where they can engage with coaches and staff while learning to develop new skills through a broad range of activities.
These activities include academy-style football training sessions, career-focused seminars with industry experts as well as experiences at some of Melbourne’s most iconic locations, including Luna Park and the Melbourne Star, that focus on teamwork.
Melbourne Victory Schools and Fan Engagement Manager, Tim de Graaf, said the program provides a unique educational experience for those involved.
“The DET Holiday Program is a fantastic opportunity for the disadvantaged secondary school students selected to develop new skills applicable at both school and beyond in their future careers.
“We’ve found that having the football component, which acts as a different vehicle for these students to learn and experience new skills, really helps engage the students together with the other seminars and activities.
“The feedback we’ve received from this program in the past year it’s been running has been fantastic and we’re looking forward to hosting another successful week with the students.”