WHAT'S THE COURSE?


The Academy is the only Australian Rules Football academy that integrates an elite professional strength and conditioning program. The program, delivered by GOTAFE, offers full-time education to young students through the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning over 2 years.

The curriculum is based on real-life skills, integrated with an elite fitness program to prepare students for an AFL environment. In this way, students are able to develop both physically and mentally for such an environment, and also enhance their academic abilities for multiple career pathway options.

COURSE CODES

VCALINT001 - VCAL (Intermediate)
VCALSEN001 - VCAL (Senior)
CHC22015 - Certifcate II in Community Services

Course Duration

2 years full time

Study Mode

Face to face

Start date

January 30th 2017

Intake age

Completed Year 10 in 2016

CURRICULUM SNAP SHOT

YEAR 1

NON-ACCREDITED TRAINING

Participate in a personality test. Understand how you learn best and how to work with others who learn differently from you. Advance your people management skills.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Industry Lead: Alex Rance

Understand the psychological aspects of athletic performance and the importance of mental preparation. Commit to your values and develop your mantra.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising

Industry Lead: Emma Murray

Plan food for peak performance and understand the dietary requirements at different stages in athletic performance. Get in the kitchen and cook to your macros.


Key Skills

  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management

Industry Lead: Kylie Andrew

Understand game plan analysis. Get the inside look into the data behind the game plans. Understand and participate with AFL coaches in advanced skills and drills.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Planning and organising

Industry Lead: Chris Newman

ACCREDITED TRAINING

Enhance your communication skills and literacy skills by reading, reviewing and critiquing a range of media text.


Units of Competency

  1. LIT021 Literacy Skills Intermediate Reading and Writing
  2. LIT022 Literacy Skills Intermediate Oral Communication

Industry Lead: Ariana Henderson

Immerse yourself in the community to understand the current frameworks of our society. Understand our diverse nation and volunteer in community programs.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact
  2. HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  3. CHCVOL001 Be an effective volunteer
  4. BSBWOR201 Manage personal stress in the workplace
  5. CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework
  6. CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

     


  1. Industry Lead: Ali McArthur

Hone your leadership knowledge and skills. Work on a social issue, create awareness in the community.


Key Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. PDS021 Personal Development Skills
  2. PDS022 Personal Development Skills


Industry Lead: Ali McArthur

Learn to work with real numbers in real situations.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Units of Competency

  1. NUM021 Numeracy Skills Intermediate


Industry Lead: James Vandaloo

Learn and perfect how to critically analyse information through a range of techniques and creative thinking styles.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. ICTICT107 Use personal productivity tools
  2. BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
  3. BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Industry Lead: Scott Bateman

Sharpen your work related skills by researching and understanding your rights as an employee in the AFL or other industries.


Key Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising

Units of Competency

  1. WRS021 Work Related Skills Intermediate
  2. WRS022 Work Related Skill Intermediate

Industry Lead: Tom Petroro

Use high-performance technology to enhance your work rate. Record, monitor and evaluate your physical performance.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming

     


Industry Lead: Brendan Fahrner

Reach out and work with our diverse nation and understand the vast range of programs designed for inclusion.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Units of Competency

  1. CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  2. CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  3. BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities

     


Industry Lead: Steve Wyatt

YEAR 2

NON-ACCREDITED TRAINING

You have the basics down pat. Let’s review those skills and take them to the next level. Complete a 360 review of your environment and advance your personal management skills.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Industry Lead: Aaron Clark

Further improve game plan analysis. Crunch the data behind the game plans. Return to work with AFL coaches in advanced skills and drills preparing for the draft.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative and enterprise

Industry Lead: Chris Newman, Alex Rance

Understand the psychological aspect of athletic performance and recovery. Listen to practising sports psychologists break down mental preparation and recovery. Prepare your pre and post-game plans.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Self-management

Industry Lead: Emma Murray

Learn how gratitude, empathy and mindfulness can improve your personal development. Learn tips to promote positive mental health and strategies to combat stress.


Key Skills

  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Technology

Industry Lead: TBA

Plan and participate in the interview of a lifetime. Learn how to present yourself in the best possible way. Be put to the test by a panel of experts.


Key Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Technology

Industry Lead: TBA

ACCREDITED TRAINING

Enhance your communication skills and literacy skills by reading, reviewing and critiquing a range of media text.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. LIT031 Literacy Skills Intermediate Reading and Writing

  2. LIT032 Literacy Skills Intermediate Oral Communication


Industry Lead: Ariana Henderson

Improve numeracy using technology to design 3D inventions. Understand the importance of numeracy in real-life situations.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. NUM031 Numeracy Skills Senior Unit


Industry Lead: James Vandaloo

Engage with the community. Work on a social project and develop strategies to create awareness or reduce impact.


Key Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. Personal Development Skills Senior Unit 1
  2. Personal Development Skills Senior Unit 2

Industry Lead: Ali McArthur

Participate in work placement. Learn about AFL collective bargaining agreements and the effects on employees.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Units of Competency

  1. WRS031 Work Related Skills Unit 1

  2. WRS032 Work Related Skills Unit 2


Industry Lead: Tom Petroro

Learn everyday money management. Wages, tax, super, credit card interest and repayment structures.


Key Skills

  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills

Units of Competency

  1. FNSFLT301 Be Money Smart
  2. FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations
  3. FNSFLT201 Develop and use a personal budget

Industry Lead: James Vandaloo

Use high-performance technology to enhance your work rate. Record, monitor and evaluate your physical performance.


Key Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Learning skills

Units of Competency

  1. SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years


Industry Lead: Anthony Schache, Peter Burge

Strengthen your communication skills to ensure you can enter any workplace in a professional manner.


Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning skills
  • Technology

Units of Competency

  1. BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents


Industry Lead: TBA

PHYSICAL TRAINING

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM

Avoid injuries and give yourself an edge with fitness and strength.

The Academy Strength and Conditioning Program simulates an AFL environment.

Working with an elite AFL Strength and Conditioning Coach and team, students will work on the following:
– touch
– recovery
– regeneration – cross-training – strength
– conditioning

The program will be adjusted according to the football seasons’ requirements and individual needs.

All fitness programs, tests and observations from the coaches will be documented and added to a digital portfolio.

This portfolio can be used to benchmark students performance, help refine their fitness output and be used as a reference for future prospective clubs.

REHAB ANDRECOVERY

Maintain peak performance by participating in The Academy Rehab and Recovery Program.

Working with the Australian College of Sports Therapy (ACST). Students will work on injury prevention and management and corrective exercises to enhance athletic performance and reduce future injury risk.

Students will engage in physical recovery and regeneration sessions like swimming, yoga, massage, advanced stretching techniques and mental relaxation.

THE PHYSICAL JOURNEY


We believe the journey is just as important as the destination. Our AFL Strength and Conditioning Coach, Rob Inness, works with students on their physical training, ensuring workloads are appropriate and adjusted to the football season’s requirements and individual needs.

Check out the video below which demonstrates the physical journey endured by a student attending The Academy.

A day in the life


Wondering what it’s like to be a student at The Academy? Here’s a snapshot into what a typical day looks like:


8:20 AM – Sign into The Academy App and report personal feelings such as overall mood, muscle soreness, energy levels and more, then hang out in rec room until class begins.


8:30 AM – Present an assignment on your mantra words


9:30 AM – Class on reflecting on your physical performance, logging your fitness data and improving your own professional practice.


10:30 AM – Morning tea time and a quick game of PlayStation.



10.30AM – Class on intermediate skills of AFL.


11:30AM – Class on practical strength and conditioning class in gym measuring your peer’s performance and tracking and recording their progress.


12:30PM – Lunch time!



1.30PM – Class on maintaining a high level of fitness for performance.


2.30PM – Final class for the day on reflecting on and improving your own professional practice.


3.30PM – Dismissed for the day and onto other training commitments.


Let's clear the air


We know you’ve got a few questions that need clearing up so we’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you!

We take AFL and education seriously, why else would we have built an Academy for it!? We have designed the course and space as closely to an AFL club environment as possible. So while there will be chances for fun, we run a structured and disciplined course that constantly pushes and drives students to reach their best potential.

Our research with AFL coaches suggests that players arriving at the club aren’t as technically sound or durable at the start of their careers. Traditionally, players cruise through development at 16 & 17 and then all of a sudden have a lot of pressure and intensity at the age of 18 which can cause injury and stress on the body. The Academy uses fitness testing equipment that is commonly utilised in an AFL setting and develops a program to build strength and intensity gradually over the two-year period to ensure they are at peak physical fitness at drafting age.

The curriculum has been designed with AFL Industry experts and uses a range of current policies, procedures and education programs currently in the AFL system to educate students and contextualise their learning experience.

No, once we receive permission from the student and their parent or guardian, we aim to share information with the students TAC or another team to collaborate information and progress with them so they are informed about the player’s performance. The Academy is here to strengthen and improve player’s performance throughout their time with the Academy.

There are only 2 guarantees in life, death and taxes. We cannot guarantee that your child will be drafted. However, we believe that our curriculum and training methods are the closest simulated AFL environment available. With our curriculum designed by a current AFL player along with many industry experts and our strength and conditioning coach also at a current AFL side, we feel we can give your child the best head start to their journey to the AFL.

Prospective students will need to;

  • Complete year ten by the end of 2016.
  • Complete an application and enrolment form.
  • Complete a language, literacy and numeracy test and achieve a minimum score of a level three according to the Australian Core Skills Framework.
  • Demonstrate that they play a high level of junior AFL.

Once the prospective student’s application is successful, and they are enrolled in the program, the student will need to undertake;

  • A program induction
  • A series of fitness tests*
  • A personality test*

*Fitness tests and the personality tests are used in the assessments and are an essential part of the Academy learning program.

No. The Academy has limited spaces and will only invite a selected amount to enrol.

Upon successful completion of assessments in year one, your child will complete the Intermediate Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

Upon successful completion of assessments in year two, your child will complete the Senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.

*Qualifications are not guaranteed. Your child must submit their assessments according to the module requirements and meet the relevant criteria.

*Students meeting the qualification award requirements receive their qualification from our partner training provider Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE RTO  3094

No. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning does not issue an ATAR score upon completion.

Your child will still be eligible to apply as a mature student to University. The age requirements and policies for mature-age entry differ across institutions, so you should check with the institutions you are applying to.

Enrolments will cap at 25 per intake, allowing us to have the best student-teacher ratio to ensure each student has enough attention to thrive. Your child will never be just another number, we don’t want just to educate and improve their athletic ability, we want to help them to be better people in our community.

No. This is a full-time education program.

The Academy Strength and Conditioning program involves a movement screen to assess athletic movement and prescribe individual exercises to prevent injury.  In conjunction with this, the student-athletes will have GPS units to monitor loads and give feedback on performance.  They will do regular strength and conditioning sessions to compliment their weekly football programs and to build a base for success in years to come.
Rob Inness is our head strength and conditioning coach. He currently works with athletes from the Richmond Football Club.
His Qualifications include:
a.   Masters in Strength and Conditioning
b.   Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education)
c.    Level II Strength and Condition with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
d.    Level I Strength and Power Coach
e.    Level I & II Functional Movement Screen
f.     Level II First Aid
 
He has been working in high performance for five years as well as having five years worth of experience as a physical education teacher.
 
Rob also supervises a number of interns, similar to an AFL club environment who work with the students directly on their programs in the gym.
Fatigue and overload is a common occurrence for 16-19-year-olds who are pursuing their sporting dreams.  The old adage of doing more to get better isn’t necessarily true.  To prevent both physical and mental burnout, the Academy students will monitor their GPS results to manage their training loads and fill out regular wellness questionnaires to give the student and teacher a constant overall picture of their well-being.
Fitness test will be the standard fitness tests used at the AFL combine… These include.
a.    Vertical Jump tests
b.    20m sprint
c.     The AFL Agility Test
d.    Beep Test
e.    Repeat 30m Sprint
f.     3000m Time Trial
 
The fitness tests will be used to compare the students against AFL combine norms and to track progression throughout the year.  Each student will create their own Athletic passport to display their performance capabilities for years to come.
 
No. Our fitness program will not see the use of supplements. Students will be encouraged to engage in a healthy relationship with nutrition. Any supplement use is at the discretion of parent or guardian and should be overseen by your local GP.

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