Australian Scholarships and Dublin Colleges
The St.Patrick’s College Football Programme is widely recognised as one of the leading football development programmes in Australia. The College has a proud history of participation and on-field success as evidenced by over 95 Premierships in the local Ballarat competition, Eight Herald Sun Shield Premierships (equivalent to the All Ireland Final) and its record of being the education home of 105 old boys who have gone on to play the sport at the highest level in the VFL/AFL.
The College assists in the development of players at all levels of the sport, highlighting the dual focus of the programme – to enable boys to reach their full potential in the sport and to provide boys with experiences and learnings that will enable them to grow as individuals and make a contribution to their local community, whether it be through playing, administration, umpiring or other volunteer roles. Central to this is providing boys with rich extension activities that promote growth as footballers as young men.
In 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 St. Patrick’s College has toured Ireland and has achieved all of these outcomes – and so much more for their students and staff. Much of this learning has emanated from the generosity, insight and support of Pat Daly (Director of Games Development & Research) and other personnel from the GAA.
St. Patricks College is extremely appreciative of the support provided by the GAA and is committed to touring Ireland every three years to continue the rich learnings that have been experienced and enjoyed by all tour participants.
In recognising the benefits of the tour, the College is offering the opportunity for two students selected by the GAA to travel to Victoria, Australia each year for a three year period - to participate in a two week football immersion experience hosted by St. Patrick’s College, Ballarat. These students on foot of the Irish connection – are being selected from Dublin, Derry and Cork. The Dublin Colleges – under the aegis of teacher David Higgins, has overseen this process and have selected the two following players to travel to Australia:-
Conor Donoghue – School - St. Kevins CBS, Club- Erins Isle GAA
Leon Young – School - St. David’s CBS, Club – Ballymun Kickhams GAA