SA Trainees Set for Bright Future

SA Trainees Set for Bright Future

SA Trainees Set for Bright Future

The Adelaide Football Club’s Melinda Reilly has been recognised as AFL SportsReady’s South Australian Trainee of the Year, announced at a special graduation ceremony in Adelaide.

The Adelaide Football Clubs, Membership Services Manager, Ms Leonie Way said Melinda had excelled in her role as the Member Services Officer.

“With the move from AAMI Stadium to Adelaide Oval being a logistical nightmare in terms of club memberships as well as an internal staffing reshuffle, Melinda took on extra responsibilities which she handled with maturity beyond her years,” said Ms Way.

“Melinda is such an important member of our team, she has developed a great rapport with our members and for me personally, I couldn’t have asked for such a wonderful trainee, “ said Ms Way.


“She even recommended and implemented changes to the ticketing process which saw a significant improvement in efficiency. This is a fantastic achievement for a club with over 50,000 members. We all love Melinda here at the Club!”


AFL SportsReady’s SA State Manager, Michael Smart said “Melinda is a great example of how strong partnerships between AFL SportsReady, employers and trainees deliver positive outcomes for all involved.”

“After completing her traineeship, which included a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, Melinda has been employed by the Adelaide Football Club on a full time basis and has now enrolled to study a Bachelor of Commerce with the University of SA”, said Mr Smart.


Zac Mills was also recognised for his work with Woodcroft College, picking up the HostPLUS Rising Star award. Mr Smart provided a glowing endorsement of the young trainee by stating, “Zac showed outstanding commitment, and dedication to his traineeship plus a high level of maturity and terrific organisational skills. Colleagues, parents and supervisors highly commend Zac’s communication skills, knowledge, and his ability to share his expertise with others.”

Picking up the Trade Schools for the Future School Based Trainee of the Year was the Commonwealth Bank’s Elana Wanganeen.   

The 72 South Australian graduates completed studies in areas across sport and recreation, business, community services and horticulture, while undergoing traineeships at sporting organisations, schools and in the community and finance sectors.


A further 340 AFL SportsReady trainees graduated across the country.

“Choosing our award winners is never easy and we had a high calibre group work with AFL SportsReady across the state in 2013,” Mr Smart said. “However, Melinda’s and Zac’s enthusiasm, maturity and willingness to always go above and beyond their duties made them standout trainees.”


AFL SportsReady CEO James Montgomery said the company was proud to work in partnership with the corporate sector, businesses and sporting clubs across the state to ensure all graduates had the best chance at success.

“The completion of their studies, whether it be at Certificate or Diploma level, along with the invaluable experience of a traineeship, will provide these students with a strong foundation for their future careers.” Mr Montgomery said.


“As a national not-for-profit company we are driven to provide all our trainees and students the best possible kick start to their career, which is why at AFL SportsReady you can expect real education, real jobs and real careers”.


Mr Montgomery further stated, “we are passionate about helping young people create a rewarding career in sport, recreation, horticulture, business and finance and we have recently expanded into the arts and creative sector through a new specialised program, ArtsReady”.



“The graduation ceremony is a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of these graduates, who have all worked hard to achieve success in their chosen areas, and we wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

Zac Mills - Scott Vaughn HostPLUS

DATE: Monday 31 March, 2014
IMAGE 1: Melinda Reilly, 2014 South Australian Trainee of the Year and James Montgomery, CEO AFL SportsReady
IMAGE 2: Zac Mills, 2014 HostPLUS Rising Star and Scott Vaughna of HostPLUS