This week across Queensland, hundreds of teachers have been receiving their ‘thank you’ gifts from the AFL as part of the Coles AFL School Ambassador program.
Each year teachers and educators from around Australia dedicate time and effort towards promoting AFL within their school community, ensuring as many students as possible are given the chance to play our game.
In Queensland, 550 teachers are currently enrolled as AFL School Ambassadors and as recognition of their work, receive complementary apparel to wear when running AFL sessions.
Queensland School Programs Manager Sarah Hopkins coordinates the Queensland side of the program, and says without these volunteers there wouldn’t be as many school participants in our game as we have today.
“The Ambassadors are an integral part of our game development structure and ensure where our development staff can’t reach, AFL is being delivered to schools.
“They are a great group of teachers, principals, school staff and coordinators who have a passion for footy and impart this through coaching, managing, HPE lessons, classroom learning, interschool sport and more. Without them it would not be possible to achieve the reach and penetration into schools that we currently have.”
As well as free apparel, Ambassadors are also rewarded with special offers, first options for subsidies, recognition functions and tickets to AFL matches.
Teachers interested in becoming their schools’ Coles AFL School Ambassador can register for free via the AFL Queensland website.