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TAFE Queensland helps Toowoomba's Beau kick off his coaching career

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Toowoomba’s Beau Robinson, an aspiring AFL coach, is on track to fulfil his dream career of developing elite-level AFL players, thanks to TAFE Queensland’s Academy of Sport program.


A proud Indigenous man from the Muruwari, Kullili and Kooma tribes, Beau is also open to blending cultural insights into his coaching to help Indigenous players maximise their potential in the sport.


Having played AFL throughout his teens, Beau enrolled in the Gold Coast College of Sport and Business program to make his passion his profession after graduating from Centenary Heights State High School in 2023.


Delivered in partnership between the Gold Coast SUNS Football Club and TAFE Queensland, Beau is studying within the four walls of the AFL clubs’ world-class facilities at People First Stadium and the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre.


“I began playing AFL in prep through an Auskick program, which saw me joining a local AFL club, and since then, I’ve always played AFL,” explained Beau.


“Having previously studied with TAFE at Schools, I had confidence that this course would help me develop my career in athlete development.”


Studying the Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420), his learning is enhanced through his class's connection with sports industry experts, staff, players, and coaches from the Gold Coast SUNS.


For two days per week, Beau learns leadership and management fundamentals in the classroom while his sport and coaching training takes place on the same field as the Gold Coast SUNS team, where he puts the theory into practice with professional coaches and teachers from the industry.


“The facilities and how people conduct themselves here are so professional, and it feels like I’m part of a small community. My skills and confidence have improved dramatically, and I’m currently coaching community AFL in Toowoomba with the Under 14s University Cougars in the Darling Downs AFL,” he said.


Beau commutes to the Gold Coast to study each week, learning coaching skills to return to Toowoomba to help develop young players.


“I use my newfound coaching skills to help kids enjoy training and winning games and build a social network through coaching with the families and the community. I love seeing the players I’m coaching grow and improve,” he said.


Helping Beau kick off his coaching career is Fee-Free TAFE funding, which is part of the Queensland Government's Good People. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032.


It aims to connect, educate, and attract the people needed to meet the state's workforce demand in existing and new industry sectors and support continued economic growth.


With approximately 37,000 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education and training places available in 2024, the program will support Queenslanders to skill up to meet the state's current and future workforce needs by enabling them to complete selected qualifications at no or low cost.


“Studying at no cost is of great comfort because it’s a significant financial relief. I've used the money I saved to drive from home in Toowoomba to the classes in the Gold Coast each week,” he said.


“Studying with TAFE Queensland has also allowed me to meet new people and gain industry skills and knowledge while building my confidence. The theory has also helped me delve deeper into topics we may not focus on while training in the workplace.”


Brent Kinnane, TAFE Queensland Brisbane General Manager, is delighted that the Academy of Sport connects students like Beau with elite sports clubs, helping students understand the professional realities of the sporting industry as they learn in world-class facilities.


“Through our Academy of Sport partnerships, like the Gold Coast College of Sport and Business program, students are exposed to a professional environment to build their skills,” said Mr Kinnane.


“This program has allowed Beau to build his skills alongside professional players, coaches, and administrators. As a result of his commitment to study and hard work, he’s now on his way to a fulfilling coaching career, and we wish him all the best.”


“Vocational Education and Training plays a crucial role in equipping individuals with practical skills and preparing them for the ever-evolving workforce,” he continued.


“The Academy of Sport program helps to ensure students graduate job-ready and capable of innovating and growing Queensland’s sports industry through contributing to their communities and helping to grow their code in our regions,” Mr Kinnane concluded.


You define your greatness. For more information about TAFE Queensland's courses or to apply and change your career, visit or call 1300 308 233.

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