Stingrays' general manager Darren Flanigan said the concept was born at Box Hill Secondary College almost 10 years ago.
"It took a little while but it worked and Jess Sinclair (Kangaroos) was the first AFL player to be drafted through the system and there's been a number of players to follow."
The program was successfully implemented by Essendon-Keilor Secondary College
soon after and has now gained a presence in the east of Melbourne with Mornington Secondary College
in starting the program last year.
"Football Victoria was keen for it to get going and we looked at Berwick (Secondary College) but Ben said he was keen so we went with Hallam," Flanigan
"It gives kids an opportunity to stay at school," Flanigan