The continually growing Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership (RISL) commences its fourth year with a bang, launching its newest campus in Mildura this week.
In partnership with Swinburne University and Aligned Leisure Mildura this unique program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry by offering students a Diploma of Sport Development in addition to countless opportunities to gain real-life experience within the industry.
In its inaugural year the program’s Mildura Campus will support the development of 19 local students through training and sessions held at Mildura Waves, in addition to placement in local and metropolitan based partner organisations, including opportunities to work with the Richmond Football Club in Melbourne.
2019 RISL Graduate, Dylan Murphy has recently relocated from Melbourne to join the Mildura team as a Student Experience Mentor and said his experience as a previous student of the program has ignited his passion to support other students on their learning pathway.
“As a previous student I enjoyed the fact that I was able to cater the course to my own personal interests in sport being football and basketball and that it also allowed me to give back to Indigenous youth and communities through various programs.” he said.
“Being a country kid and also having family ties in the Region I understand that there aren’t as many opportunities up here especially in the Sport industry without having to relocate. Being able to help guide the next generation of leaders who are now in a prime position with this course to be able to give back to their local sporting clubs and community is something I am driven to support.”
Murphy said he’s already enjoying the Mildura lifestyle and is looking forward to seeing student’s overall growth through the program and helping them to create a clear pathway for securing their dream jobs in the sports and leisure industry.
Aligned Leisure’s Mildura Leisure Manager, Caitlin Byrne said she was excited to see the program launching here and is looking forward to working with the team and students to support their development.
“The launch of this program is a positive step in the right direction for supporting the development of local talent and shaping our community’s youth leaders.” she said.
“By providing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful work placement within the industry, we hope to encourage more locals to remain in the Region beyond their studies and to strengthen the quality of job candidates entering the local workforce.”
The program will run from February to November this year, with intake for the 2021 program opening later this year.
For further information regarding the program visit https://www.richmondinstitute.com.au/