Former AFL midfielder talks to Warrnambool's next generation

LIFE LESSONS: Former Geelong footballer Simon Hogan returned to Warrnambool on Thursday night to speak to the Blues' next generation. Picture: Amy Paton
LIFE LESSONS: Former Geelong footballer Simon Hogan returned to Warrnambool on Thursday night to speak to the Blues' next generation. Picture: Amy Paton

WARRNAMBOOL’S next generation heard first-hand the importance of health and wellbeing at its Club 1861 launch on Thursday night.

Former Geelong midfielder Simon Hogan, who was recruited from the Hampden league club, spoke to the Blues’ teenagers at Reid Oval.

He then spent time with their senior footballers and netballers.

Blues chairman Simon Perry said Hogan, who played 22 AFL games for the Cats before retiring due to mental health issues, was the ideal person to speak to the Blues’ under 16s and 18s footballers.

“It’s one of our first education sessions we’re doing as part of our Club 1861 junior pathways program,” he said.

Club 1861 was established this season as a way of developing Warrnambool’s next batch of players, both on and off the field. Four-time premiership Hawthorn midfielder-turned-Melbourne boom recruit Jordan Lewis is the program’s ambassador.