Emerald Secondary School Club Workshop

Hawthorn Football Club strives to advocate healthy lifestyles for the community in which it operates. The club’s secondary school program is one example of how the club is proactively working with local secondary schools to engage with young men and women to identify and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

In June, Emerald Secondary College were invited on an excursion to the Ricoh Centre to take part in an educational and engaging visit of Hawthorn Football Club.

An exciting aspect of the program included a tour of the facility and exclusive access to Hawthorn players. Senior players Grant Birchall, Ben McEvoy, Jarman Impey, Jaegar O’Meara, Brendan Whitecross and Jonathan O’Rourke joined young Hawks’ players Blake Hardwick, Ryan Burton, James Worpel, Teia Miles, Jackson Ross and rookies Harrison Jones, Oliver Hanrahan, Changkuoth Jiath, James Cousins, Connor Nash and Connor Glass in delivering a number of presentations to the Emerald Secondary College students.

Presentations focussed on three key aspects:

  • Nutrition and hydration;
  • Leadership and goal setting;
  • Mental health.

Former Hawthorn Football Club player, Lance Picione, assisted in delivering the mental health session. Lance established the non-profit organisation Love Me Love You that strives to empower and build resistance in young adults so that they may overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and other life hardships.

Students were also treated to a rare experience of being within the walls of the club to witness first hand a day in the life of an AFL footballer. This engaging opportunity allows students to see how the theory behind nutrition, hydration, leadership, goal setting and mental health strategies are put into place each and every day by elite athletes and coaches.

Hawthorn Football Club has another secondary school visit planned for August and hope to encourage more and more young people to embrace healthy life choices.

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