Ahead of Monday’s AFL Draft, we investigate how and why rich private schools pay big bucks for young talent and why some believe scholarships come with warning signs.
A talented prospect who attended an elite private school is drafted into the AFL ranks.
In Victoria, the most highly regarded private school football competition is the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS), which features prestigious schools such as Caulfield Grammar, Haileybury, Geelong Grammar and Xavier College, just to name a few.
The landscape has ramped up in the past decade, with competition fierce between schools and prospective draftees eager to attend these schools.
So why do kids choose to play in this competition?
They get access to state of the art facilities, coaches and support staff.
Country talents can get the opportunity to head to the big smoke and board, helping enhance their…