21 August 2009: President of the AFL Coaches Association, Mr Kevin Sheedy, and Chairman of the AFL Commission, Mr Mike Fitzpatrick, were special guests at the launch of Australian Catholic Universitys (ACU) newest degree today.
The Bachelor of High Performance (Sport and Business)* will be available from 2010 for coaches of both AFL and elite athletes competing at national and international levels, and is in partnership with the Australian Football League and the AFL Coaches Association.
Mr Sheedy, who received an honorary doctorate from the University this year, said the course would be one of the first to provide prospective coaches with the appropriate professional qualification.
This degree will also enable coaches to transfer their management and high performance skills into other industries when they retire, he said.
Mr Fitzpatrick welcomed the ACU initiative and highlighted recent AFL research into coaching effectiveness, which underlined the need for a coaching degree which was in line with the strict protocols and professionalism of the AFL industry.
Dean of the Faculty of Heath Sciences at ACU, Professor Pauline Nugent, said the course would bring together the Universitys expertise in the areas of exercise science, high performance and business management.