AFL Victoria Sports Development Program

Connect your Year 11 and 12 studies to a recreation environment, tailored to the AFL industry. We partner with AFL Victoria, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Hawthorn, Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs, which enables you to be connected to and learn from highly credentialed people in the AFL industry.

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We plan and develop the curriculum with the AFL industry, and connect your learning experiences to the type of activities and projects that you might undertake if working in a recreation and AFL environment.


Year 11

  • VCALINT001 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate)
  • SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Year 12

  • VCALSEN001 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Senior)
  • SIS30115 Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Areas of Study

You will have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for turning your passion for coaching into a successful career. In addition, you have the chance to network with SEDA College’s sporting partners and leaders in the industry to learn coaching principles and develop coaching sessions. You get to hone your skills in a real world environment in a junior development capacity. You will also have the chance to develop your planning and collaboration skills, and learn how to communicate proficiently with both large and small groups.
You’ll receive valuable information on athlete training and development from leading industry professionals from state and national sporting bodies. As an athlete, you will have regular access to gym and fitness facilities. We will encourage you to explore all aspects of fitness and sport including fitness testing, anatomy/physiology, data analysis, energy systems, training principles and more. We partner with Acceleration Melbourne—a high-performance training organisation that coaches young developing athletes, helping them increase their power, stamina, speed, and endurance.
Start something great by taking the opportunity to work at high profile sport and recreational events through our volunteering programs and structured work placements. You will explore career pathways in real workplace settings and acquire transferable skills that employers value. Our staff members guide you for the entire length of the program. They expose the value of volunteering, build your resume and help you connect with the right professionals in your chosen industry.
SEDA College encourages you to make a difference. If you’ve got the ambition, we have the opportunity to help you realise your full potential. You’ll have the chance to improve your leadership skills and put your ideas into action by organising events and activities out of the classroom. You’ll also recognise the importance of environment sustainability and use measures to conserve nature for future generations.

Opportunities and Learning Experiences

There are a range of opportunities and experiences:

  • Work placements and volunteer opportunities at AFL Victoria and AFL Clubs
  • Accessing AFL Club and high performance environments
  • AFL and AFL Victoria match day activations and events e.g. AFL Playground
  • AFL Club match day activities
  • Coaching on behalf of AFL Victoria and AFL Clubs across many different settings – Auskick, schools, multicultural and all abilities activities
  • AFL Club activities and events – fan development, family days and community events
  • Learning from many people who work at the AFL, AFL Victoria and AFL Clubs in various roles across senior management, football operations, coaching, recruiting, high performance, marketing, communications, membership/fan development, community engagement and events
  • Meeting and engaging with AFL players and coaches
  • Level 1 Coaching and AFL Basic Umpiring Course, delivered by the industry

The AFL Team

Our team comprises professionals who have extensive experience in education and the sports industry. We combine our thinking and efforts to provide a rich learning environment to help you develop industry knowledge and employability skills that transfer across industries.

Our Current Industry Experts:

  • Staff from AFL, AFL Victoria and AFL Clubs across senior management, football operations, coaching, recruiting, high performance, marketing, communications, membership/fan development, community engagement and events
  • Coaches and players from the AFL Industry, including our current Ambassador, Mitch Brown

Playing the Game

As a part of going to school, you get to apply what you learn to improve your game. You will participate in performance training, skill development, tactical sessions and fitness training for AFL, as well as enjoy the variety that comes from looking at other sports.