AFL Victoria Talented Player Program

Complete your secondary education in a high-performance training environment that is endorsed by AFL Victoria.

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Our Approach

We take a holistic and integrated approach to your final two years of school, with a curriculum and individual high-performance training plan that challenges you to get the best out of yourself. We focus on you as:

Your success as a student and learner is the cornerstone to everything. It is here that you develop the skills to succeed as an athlete and beyond any sporting goals you may have.

Experience an education program that is highly engaging and in context for you, combining the business of sport, coaching methods, sports science, high-performance training, skill development and personal development, where you are educated and mentored by highly credentialed people from SEDA and the AFL industry.

As the Student, you get to test career possibilities, develop networks and get the skills for your life beyond football.

Enhance your athletic performance with an Individual High Performance Training Plan. We combine individual needs and best practice to enable you to better understand your own requirements for strong health, wellbeing, skill development and performance. It is through some of your own experiences that you will also learn the skills and knowledge that can be applied to others or in a workplace setting.

The Individual High-Performance Training Plan covers a number of key areas:

  • Skill acquisition and game play
  • Skill assessment and analysis, expert coaching, individual game analysis, match review and assessment;
  • Fitness & Diet
  • Physical assessment, screening and fitness testing, healthy eating, game preparation, recovery and injury prevention/management
  • Individual strength and conditioning program
  • Mental preparation
  • Leadership and goal setting
  • Our industry experts will connect across and support you with your High-Performance Training Plan
  • You will access and use facilities, equipment and technology that is used in an elite training environment

If you are already in an existing elite pathway program, your High Performance Plan will be tailored to complement your existing programs. We will develop the plan in consultation with your pathway coach to ensure that the focus of your plan is consistent with the individual needs they have already identified and your load is properly managed.


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.
Develop your athletic, leadership, and administrative skills by participating and organising competitions. You will not only compete in sporting events, but you’ll also receive real life learning as you explore what happens behind the scenes before, after, and during sporting events.
You will learn about the principles and practices of financial management in sport, as well as gain a sound understanding of finance topics like revenue management, sports marketing and athlete salaries. You will study the role of media and communications in the development of sport and find out what strategies major sporting clubs and associations use to drive their success.
Leverage the power and influence of SEDA College’s sporting partners and find out what strategies they use to run and organise sporting events and programs for people with special needs. You will understand the role that sport plays in socialisation and learn more about the impact it has on culture and behaviour. You will also discover how sport can eliminate barriers between communities and create a sense of belonging.
SEDA College gives you time to develop your physical and mental wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to be involved in activities similar to those that athletes experience at the elite level. You’ll lead an active and social lifestyle as you find your pathway to further education or the workforce.

AFL Industry Experts

Our team comprises professionals who have extensive experience in education and high-performance environments. Our current industry experts team include:

  • Chris Johnson – Three time Brisbane Lions Premiership Player, Under 16 Vic Metro Coach & Diversity Talent Manager, AFL Victoria
  • Paul Hamilton – Former Assistant Coach, North Melbourne & Adelaide and AFL Victoria State Talent Manager
  • Mitch Brown – Former West Coast Eagles Player
  • Ben McGlynn – Assistant Coach, St. Kilda Football Club
  • Sally Riley – SEDA teacher and current AFLW Adelaide Crows Vice Captain
  • Jason Johnson – Essendon Premiership Player, 200 Games and Owner, Dynamic Food and Sport Nutrition
  • Simon Dalrymple – National Recruiting Manager, Western Bulldogs FC
  • Xavier Moloney – Diversity Manager AFL Victoria
  • Matthew Pell – Strength and Conditioning Coach, Carlton FC
  • Xavier Campbell – CEO, Essendon Football Club
  • Andrew Newbold – AFL Commissioner, Former President Hawthorn Football Club
  • Matt Finnis – CEO, St. Kilda Football Club
  • Ben Heenan – SEDA College Vice-Principal and Assistant Coach Vic Metro Under 16’s
  • Josh Milner – Eastern Ranges, Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Dominic Cato – Former General Manager Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Essendon Football Club
  • Nick Hannett – Former Community Manager, Essendon Football Club
  • Claire Saundry – Dietitian, Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Ron Watt – Member Services Manager AFL Coaches Association
  • Kashif Bouns -General Manager Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
  • Fitness Professionals – Acceleration Melbourne


You will attend classroom facilities adjacent to Ikon Park, Carlton, as well as accessing high-performance gym facilities and high-performance training environments of AFL Clubs throughout the program.


Applicants will need to demonstrate a high level of playing ability and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently on the list of an Under 18’s TAC Cup Club
  • Currently in the Under 16’s National Trials for Vic Metro or Vic Country
  • Currently in the Under 15 or Under 16 TAC Cup Club Development squad
  • A representative player at interleague level

Students who apply for the program will be required to provide documentation at their interview that details their involvement in one of the criteria listed above.


A great way to learn more about the program is to come along to one of our information evenings.
Click here to register your spot and we look forward to seeing you on the night.