Victory DET Holiday Program a success


Melbourne Victory’s DET Holiday Program, supported by the Department of Education and Training, concluded last Friday as 75 secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds completed the five-day program.

The students involved came from a wide range of schools around Melbourne and were each nominated by their respective school to take part in the program.

Victory hosted a variety of activities throughout the week that challenged students both physically and mentally with the aim to keep them engaged and connected to education.

Led by Melbourne Victory’s Academy coaches, students partook in professional football training drills on Gosch’s Paddock, the TAC ‘Road to Zero: Road Safety Experience’ at Melbourne Museum, career-focused seminars led by industry experts as well as a special visit to Victoria University’s high-performance facility.


Students also explored popular Melbourne attractions including Luna Park and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Melbourne Victory Schools and Fan Engagement Manager, Tim de Graaf, was thrilled to see the students learn a lot from the experience.

“It was great to see all the students take to the program so positively last week and learn so much from their experiences,” de Graaf said.

“They showed great energy during the football drills and were also attentive throughout the other activities around Melbourne. We’re very proud of how the program went and thank all the students for their involvement.”