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Open Colleges partners with AFLW for 2018

by Sarah MacDiarmid

Continuing with our mission to inspire everyone to find their awesome, we’ve teamed up with some of the most exceptionally awesome women we know to become official partners of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition for 2018.


Here at Open Colleges, we’re all about equality, so when the opportunity arose to partner with the NAB AFL Women’s Competition, we jumped at the chance.

Not only does it mean we get to support some truly magnificent women’s sport but we also get to work with a partner that fully aligns with everything we believe in.

While striving to meet our purpose of changing lives through education, we live by the values of courage, optimism, integrity and equality – all of which are displayed by every player during every AFLW fixture.

open colleges partners with women's afl katie brennan

AFL General Manager of Commercial, Kylie Rogers said:

“We are proud to be Open Colleges first ever sports partner. Having helped over 800,000 students gain the skills they need to excel in their chosen field, we are excited by the opportunities Open Colleges will provide to the players and umpires of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition.”

Mastering the balancing act

Although AFLW is a huge part of their lives, for many players and umpires, it’s just one of the many career commitments they have. Head of Brand for Open Colleges, Nick Coulman believes this is another reason this partnership is an excellent match.

“Most of the players juggle multiple career commitments and have taken significant journeys to live their passion and get where they are today. Their stories are a huge inspiration for our students, and all of us at Open Colleges.”

Meet our awesome AFLW ambassadors

Two of AFLW’s players who encapsulate the find your awesome spirit are Katie Brennan, Captain of the Western Bulldogs and Nicola Barr, AFL Women’s Draft pick 1 for the GWS GIANTS. We’ll be hearing a lot from them over the course of the partnership, but first, let’s get to know them a little.

Katie Brennan – Western Bulldogs

As Captain of the Western Bulldogs, Katie loves the challenges and opportunities that come with being a high-level athlete. Here, she shares how she overcame issues of body image with a love of sport and strength training, and how she turned this passion into a thriving fitness business.

“If you’re part of an amazing community, and you feel a part of something bigger than yourself, then you can achieve great things.”

Nicola Barr – GWS GIANTS

Despite the hectic demands that studying alongside being a professional AFLW player brings, GWS GIANTS’ Nicola feels privileged to part of something so special and to be able to act as a role model for girls who want to do something different.

“Look how far women have come over the last few years… it shows how much you can achieve if you put your mind to something and you really believe in something.”

Not quite sure where to start with AFL?

Love the action but struggle a little with the AFLW lingo and rules? Us too. Check out the AFLW 101s series to get you up to speed!

Ready to find your awesome?

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