During March we had several reasons to celebrate. Our Year 7 & 8 REAL program concluded with the KGI team delivering to the community in Melbourne and in Echuca, welcoming a great turn out of participants in each region. These Indigenous young people have now started their KGI leadership journey, and we welcome them to our KGI family. We can’t wait to get back and see everyone again when we deliver our REAL Schools program during term 2.
We also celebrated the contributions that former Program Lead Michelle Kerrin has made, not only to our KGI programming, but to the whole of Richmond Football Club. We shared an afternoon of yarns before heading over to watch the Round 1 match, Richmond versus Carlton. It was a disappointing result, but it was good to be back at the ‘G and to celebrate together as a team. Michelle has returned to her home to Darwin taking up a position with AFL NT in leading their education programs across the Top End. We wish Michelle all the best on this next journey and we’re sure we will cross paths again.
Our Next Generation Academy had some mixed results in their first hit outs of the year. Our Under 18 boys were defeated by the Interfaith Team, however our talented Under 17 female team came away undefeated at AFL Victoria’s Unity Cup day, awarded champions for their age group. Despite the mixed results, all NGA participants had a deadly day, and we are looking forward to engaging our talented footballers more throughout the year.
Our Advanced Leaders program also enjoyed coming together face-to-face this month for the first time since the program commenced. It was a deadly day spent connecting, the group discussed how they would like the program to take shape and what opportunities they each hope to get out of it.