Kelly Barron is proof that inspiration can be found in the strangest of places after being inspired on the sidelines of an Auskick session.

English language teacher Kelly Barron has been with TAFE Queensland for over four years and has 12 years' experience in the industry.

"Before I started working for TAFE Queensland I was a private tutor in English as a Second Language (ESL) examination skills, and before that I taught English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at USQ," she said.

Kelly loves teaching English — from reading to writing, listening and speaking, as her students have so much potential to grow.

"Watching them grow in confidence was the most pleasing thing for me," she said. 

It was during an Auskick session, watching as her son learnt new skills and made new friends, that Kelly had an idea to give her students even more.

"I was watching my son play and I thought how wonderful it would be for our students to have something like it," she said.

"I approached AFL Queensland about developing an eight-week program and they threw their support behind the idea."

The program introduced more than 90 males and females aged between 15 and 25 to AFL, covering basic skills, umpiring and match play.

"As most of the students came from soccer playing backgrounds, and AFL being very different to what they were used to, they were a little reluctant at first," Kelly said. 

"By the end of the program they were all big fans though, they loved being involved.

"It can be difficult to find your place in a new country or community, so something like sport can help.

"Sport is a great medium because you don't need those high level language skills straight away."

Not only has Kelly introduced her students to sports, but she has also provided opportunities for her students to undertake vision screening. 

"For many of my students this was their first eye examination," she said.

"I believe English is crucial for survival in Australia, our industry gives students the skills to survive," Kelly said.




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