La Trobe hosts Carlton's next Generation

La Trobe University played host to over fifty aspiring athletes as part of Carlton’s Next Generation academy testing last Wednesday the 24th of August.

The academy, which aims to attract and invest in talented kids from diverse cultural backgrounds, provides AFL clubs with draft concessions to individuals who have been fostered through the program.

Carlton has been allocated Melbourne’s Northern suburbs under the current plan, targeting boys and girls aged 11-18 in the area.

The Blues’ allocation aligns with the geographic position of La Trobe’s Bundoora campus and will help La Trobe deliver on its key partnership objective to increase student, school and community engagement in the area.

Under the guidance of Anthea Clarke, Laboratory Technical Officer at La Trobe, one PhD student currently working with Melbourne City Football Club and two second year Exercise Science students were able to apply their theory by conducting the testing.

Data was gathered on the students standing vertical jump, running jump, 20m sprint and an AFL agility test using La Trobe equipment such as fusion timing gates.

Clarke said the testing provided a great opportunity to foster the relationship further between Carlton and La Trobe, while providing invaluable experience for students.

“They get to experience what it might be like working in a professional sporting environment,” said Clarke.

“They get to put into practice the knowledge they have been developing throughout the course and see where a degree in Exercise Science might one day lead them.”

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