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Bulldogs Undertake GOL Program


Five young Bulldogs players have started to plan for life away from the footy field with a Graduates of League orientation session at the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield campus).

Ceran Nilsen ran the event, she is the Elite Athlete and Performer Program officer at ACU and oversees their Graduates of League Program.




The Graduates of League (GOL) is an NRL program, delivered by several universities, that involves the NRL clubs and universities providing tutoring to rugby league players currently studying at their university.  The GOL program was established to improve university transition, retention and completion rates of the players.  At ACU the GOL program supports players by providing assistance with their transition into university, special considerations for class timetabling, greater flexibility with assessments if there are conflicts with sporting commitments, and ongoing academic tuition for each player through the entire program. 

Todd Lowrie, who recently retired from the NRL and is now coaching NYC at the Knights, spoke to the boys at the Orientation this morning about the benefits of the graduates of league program and the importance of working hard and being disciplined with their studies. 




The 5 Bulldogs players who are studying at ACU this year are – Lachlan Lee, Brandon Boumelham, Jack Gibbons, Tom Harvey and Connor Jones. (Richard Coorey is also studying at ACU).