A training program between TAFE NSW and the St George Illawarra
Dragons football club is giving rookie players a back-up career path
beyond the world of football.
With the game now more competitive than ever before, players who
dream of a career as a professional player need an alternative career
path. The all-or-nothing proposition of high stakes football means
that many players retire in their mid-thirties with little or no
experience in anything else.
The recently-launched program between TAFE NSW and the Dragons club,
called the Playwise Training Program, is showing rookie players that
it's possible to aim for a career on the oval while still training for
a vocation. Rookie players participate in training sessions at
Wollongong TAFE is areas as diverse as carpentry, painting and
decorating, hospitality and community services.
"From my time in football, I know of many players who made lots
of money, but when they finished football lost direction and blew it
all," TAFE NSW carpentry and building teacher, Brett McCroary
told the Illawarra Mercury. "It may be a cliché, but it
happens. A grogram like this is for their future. The rookies need to
have something after they finish league."