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Academy receives some Aussie insight

26 November 2015

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Rovers welcomed coaches from Australian AFL side St. Kilda at the Academy earlier this month.

Danny Sexton, director of coaching, development and strategy, and assistant coach Aaron Hamill were special visitors to Brockhall after the pair accepted an invitation from Eric Kinder.

The Rovers Academy chief spent three days with the Aussie rules team back in June, shadowing the coaches and learning their processes, and he extended the courtesy for St. Kilda staff to visit Lancashire should they ever be in the UK.

"I expected to go in for a couple of hours but in the end I spent three days there and I wish I'd spent longer," said Kinder.

"It was incredible to see how those guys work at that level.

"When they said that they were coming over for a conference in London and asked if they could come up to see us I was more than happy to accomodate them as the way they treated me was fantastic."

At Brockhall, Sexton gave a presentation to Academy coaches and the Under-18 playing squad on elite sport in Australia and what they expect from young players when they come into that environment. Followed by a question and answer session.

"Aaron and I came over for the Leaders in Sports summit in London, so we thought we'd drive up," said Sexton.

"It was good to get up to Blackburn to see how much effort goes in. We don't have academies in Australia so it was amazing to see that they have 130 footballers over a range of age groups, and to see the size of the facilities and the vastness of the programme.

"It has been good, the staff have been very friendly and open and really generous with their time."

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