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Former AIA student Saad El Hawli has officially signed with VFL club the Werribee Tigers.

The signing is a significant step for Saad as the VFL is effectively the reserves for the AFL. This is a significant foot in the door for the former AIA student and school footballer who will now work hard in the pre-season to impress recruiters.

The VFL is Victorian reserves competition for the best state league footballers across Australia featuring 22 clubs from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in a 16-game season across 19 rounds. Recently for the first time, six clubs from New South Wales and Queensland joined the oldest state league football competition in Australia.

Saad looks forward to returning to AIA as an ambassador for the school Football program aiming to mentor and help the PHE Department prepare its teams in 2022 and beyond.

Saad attended the Academy from primary school and then onto secondary playing a pivotal role in delivering several School Sport Victoria pennants and Bachar Houli Cups. Saad had also returned post senior school to serve coaching roles at the school particularly with our Year 6 Football Teams prior to 2020.

Congratulations to Saad El Hawli and the Australian International Academy, inshallah we are on the path to having our very own home grown Bachar Houli/Adam Saad!

Adam Nahal
Head of AIA Health, Physical Education and Sports
Marketing and Promotions Manager
Australian International Academy