Helping each other out

Yinnar’s Michael Morse is passionate about soccer.

“I love soccer and basketball, but probably soccer a bit more,” Michael said.

The 16-year old said unlike at mainstream school, which he would “find any excuse” to get out of, he looked forward to each day at Sports Education and Development Australia.

“I want to be here,” he said.

“There’s more freedom to be able to learn at your own pace and you don’t have to rush through anything.

“Everyone works together and helps each other out; it’s such a great environment.”

Michael is enrolled in the soccer stream and will finish at SEDA at the end of 2014; he hopes to pursue a coaching career in basketball or soccer.

To gain practical experience, the Yinnar teenager currently coaches two basketball teams.

“I want to coach at a high level, like the A-League or the (National Basketball League),” he said.

“At the moment I coach a couple of junior basketball teams at Churchill, which I really enjoy.”

Michael would recommend the SEDA program to anyone who has a “passion for sport” and did not respond well to the mainstream school system.