Congratulations Aaron Nietschke!
“The cup was challenging, as ‘centrals’ don’t usually fare too well in the competition, but we did get a few good wins throughout the season. I was extremely proud to win the award, as it gives recognition to a player who had an outstanding season, so I was very lucky to win it.” – Aaron
At Torrens University, nothing is more important than giving young people a chance to grow and develop their talents.
That’s why today, we’re celebrating an exceptional eighteen-year-old, Aaron Nietschke.
“The thing I love most about footy is the chance to have fun with mates, and there is nothing better than winning with your mates. I also love challenging myself to see how much I can get out of football, and I get enjoyment through each success.” – Aaron Nietschke.
Aaron grew up on the family farm between Eudunda and Kapunda, where he lives with his parents and four siblings. He’s been passionate about football ever since he was a kid and hopes to take it to a professional level.
With this fantastic start to his career, his chances are looking good.
- “I would love to pursue football as a career. Not only do I love the game, but you get to meet so many new people in the industry as well. It’s not something many people get the opportunity to do.”
Aaron was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Torrens University Cup MVP Award, after a year of incredible performance in the state-wide competition. He trained hard and put in a lot of hours to get the most out of his play, so the award is incredibly well deserved!
Here are some of his achievements:
- Averaging 32 disposals per game in his 8 under 18s appearances
- Only the second Bulldog ever to be voted MVP
- Average of 14 contested possessions, 9 marks, 5 clearances, 3 tackles and a goal
- Named in Central’s best players for 7 of his 8 games
Aaron will receive a prize of $1000 and a trophy, provided by Torrens University.
What is the MVP Award all about, exactly?
Started in 2009, the MVP Award is presented annually to the best performing player in the Under 18 Torrens University Cup Competition.
Players are nominated throughout the season, and a panel of judges selects the winner. The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) State Talent Manager, Brenton Phillips, chairs the process.
The South Australian National Football League and Torrens University – working together for young people
Young people need recognition, support, and encouragement in order to follow their dreams.
That’s why last year Torrens formed a unique, three-year partnership with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Torrens is now sponsoring the SANFL’s Under-16 and Under-18 competitions.
Torrens University Professor Justin Beilby, explains; “Just as this competition provides aspiring young South Australian footballers with a launching pad to AFL or SANFL League football, we’re also providing a pathway for students to learn the business of sport and pursue their dreams with leading qualifications in sports management and industry.”
Through SANFL, Torrens offers support, prize money, scholarships and education opportunities for young people like Aaron.
There are also 12 places available for SANFL players and members of staff to enrol in the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Torrens. Plus, those already studying Sports Management will have work experience opportunities provided to them by SANFL. In this arrangement, everyone wins!
“The Under-18s competition was a great experience, as I got to play with and against some of the best underage talents in South Australia. I was able to compare myself to them and learn from them. I became close mates with lots of the underage talent in SA.” – Aaron
What Sports Management courses are on offer at Torrens University?
If you’re passionate about sports too and want a career in that industry there are a number of different options at Torrens.
See here for more information about the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) and the Master of Business Administration (Sports Management) and kick-off your sports career!