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Some very lucky Goulburn High Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a program run by footballing legend, Alan Tongue.

Every Monday morning this term, 20 Goulburn High students will be challenged and tested physically and mentally as part of the Aspire Program.

POSITIVE: Former Raiders player Alan Tongue, GWC Board Member Greg McAleer and teacher Ben Stephenson during one of the Monday Aspire Program sessions.

The Aspire Program aims to motivate students to take control of their future, helping them to take responsibility for their actions and realise consequences on themselves and those around them. Students are able to set short and long term goals and recognise what they need to do to achieve those goals.

Each session is undertaken in two parts, with the students working through the theory component in class and then participating in a rigorous practical component. Students have been very positive about the program so far.

The soreness in their muscles reminds them of the key concepts taught the day before and they were excited to tell other students about the program.

Ex Canberra Raiders captain Alan Tongue was one of the hardest working players on the field and it is no different in the classroom.

Tongue is passionate about the message he is communicating to the students and is able to engage the students by telling stories from his own childhood, and the mountains that he has had to climb throughout his lifetime.

Tongue is an inspirational and charismatic leader who shows that he really does care for each and every student completing the course.

The program is proudly sponsored by the Goulburn Workers Club and this would not have been possible without their generous financial contribution.

Workers Club board member Greg McAleer visited the students in the second week and was able to meet with Alan and see the program in action.

This article first appeared in the Golburn Post


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