The Academy Team

The Academy has been developed by the Education Academy Group; made up of four industry professionals, including Alex Rance, with varying backgrounds that specialise in education and high-performance management.

Alex Rance

AFL Player

Casey Helman

Quality & Compliance 

Luke Surace

Learning Design & Development 

Rob Inness

AFL Strength & Conditioning Coach 

Ben Clifton 

Head Teacher 

Industry Experts

Experts that help us guide and mentor our students throughout their journey at The Academy.

Tom Petroro

Talent Agent at Stride Sports Management

Ali McArthur

Climate Change Adaptation Advisor at Loop & Company

Scott Bateman

General Manager, Business Performance & Growth at Little Residential 

James Vandaloo

Financial Advisor at Lifewealth 

Steve Wyatt

Ex-Vic Police and current AFL Integrity Officer

Brendan Fahrner

AFL Sports Science Advisor

Chris Newman

Development Coach at Hawthorn FC

Kylie Andrew

Nutritionist at Victorian Institute of Sport 

Emma Murray


Anthony Schache

AFL Physiotherapist

Peter Burge

Commonwealth Games Medallist 

Aaron Clark

Director at Korin Gamadji Institute