Melbourne City Sports Development Program

The Melbourne City Sports Development Program provides you with the opportunity to work with an elite sporting club while completing your Years 11 and 12.

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Leading staff from Melbourne City work with you to provide an understanding of how the club operates. This will provide you with an understanding of what it is like to work in the inner sanctum of the football industry and give you the opportunity to build strong connections with industry experts.

As you progress through the program you are exposed to a number of experiences that match your interest and help you prepare for a career linked to the football and a range of other industries.


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.

Opportunities and Learning Experiences

You get to experience a number of unique opportunities including:

  • Match day assistance at Melbourne City home games
  • The opportunity to secure a work placement with Melbourne City FC
  • Delivery of Melbourne City football clinics
  • Coaching and officiating at Melbourne City gala days
  • Delivery of the Melbourne City World Cup
  • Observing Melbourne City training sessions
  • Grassroots Football Coaching Course

The Melbourne City Team

Our team are passionate industry professionals with backgrounds ranging across a range of areas including the education, football and other sporting industries. The combined efforts and thinking of this dynamic group enables students to receive a first class senior secondary education which leads to study and employability skills that are transferable across numerous industries.

You will have access to our expert industry ambassador, Patrick Kisnorbo, former Melbourne City Captain and current Melbourne City Youth Team Coach. You will also learn from a range of Melbourne City staff as well as other players and coaches.

Playing the Game

You will have the opportunity to be coached by Melbourne City staff to assist you to improve your game. These sessions, along with specially designed sessions focussed on performance training, skill development, tactical sessions and fitness training for football, will see you given every opportunity to enhance your skills as player.