Could you live in an AFL share house?


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Any footballer can tell you that life in the AFL isn’t all red carpet events and dazzling pads. In fact, most players kick off their careers living in a share house run by their club. 

So, how do these AFL share houses work and are they any different from regular share houses?

Sydney Swans great and player welfare and development manager Dennis Carroll runs his club’s share house program.

Carroll oversees five share houses around the eastern suburbs of Sydney that are managed by the club but rented by the players.

Each share house usually comprises of one first-year, second-year and third-year player living together and splitting bills just like any other share house.

“Just like working together on the field, we set up this housing environment in a similar way that requires teamwork to keep the house tidy and learn how to look after themselves,” says Carroll.

During their time in the share house, players have regular cooking classes from a dietician and there are also regular inspections by club managers.

Living in a footy share house sounds fun. Does your share house have any of these footy personas?

The commentator

They may be lively on the field, but a commentator in a share house could be your worst nightmare. Picture: Getty

Commentators are the animated voices who make sure everyone is across what is happening and why it matters.

In a share house, the commentator would likely take on the role of the housemate who just never shuts up.

Watching a movie like Inception? The commentator will be constantly asking questions and chatting about what Leo is doing now.

The umpire

The umpire would be the housemate who constantly reminds everyone of their chores. Picture: Getty

Umpires are meant to ensure the play remains fair and it’s their job to make the right call, but most fans will tell you umpires are far from perfect…

As a housemate, the umpire would be constantly reminding everyone of what chores need to be done and how to better manage the fridge shelves. Never afraid to call someone out for leaving crumbs around, or pointing out dirty dishes via post-it notes.

The coach

The coach in a share house is always around to listen to your problems and give you sound advice. Picture: Getty

The coach’s job is to drive players to perform at their best and offer sage (sometimes brutal) advice when needed.

In a share house, the coach would be that housemate who loves to give advice, whether it’s asked for or not. When you get home, they pour you a glass of wine and ask about your day, then tell you where you went wrong and what you did right.

The player

Are you the player in your share house? Picture: Alex Coppel/Getty

The players are the real stars of the show running around doing their best for their team. Most are also young with plenty of time of their hands and generous salaries to spend.

In a share house, the players are usually those who are living out of home for the very first time and eating chips for dinner or leaving their dirty dishes in the sink.

Given it’s their first taste of freedom, players may need to be reminded now and again about proper etiquette for shared living.

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