AFL star Alex Rance’s Geelong footy program The Academy reopens

RETIRED AFL star Alex Rance’s footy program in Geelong is back kicking goals — with the local campus now re-opened to students after closing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Rance is the co-founder and co-director of The Academy, with its Geelong program delivered in partnership with Western Heights College.

The program provides an alternative to standard year 11 and 12 education with a strong focus on AFL development.

The Geelong campus, in Hamlyn Heights, opened in February for five weeks, before moving to a full online learning model as the coronavirus pandemic heightened.

But in line with COVID-19 restrictions, the school was able to reopen last month to its 16 students, with Rance leading the program’s high-performance and football aspects.

Co-founder Luke Surace said it felts “really good” to have students back on campus.

“With them missing out on footy training I think they’re enjoying having some kind of normality back in their lives,” he said.

The Academy is accepting enrolments for its 2021 program. Details at


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