The Simon Black Academy is an holistic program that is designed to simulate an elite AFL environment. The program combines a football program designed by triple premiership player and Brownlow Medalist, Simon Black, with an individualized strength & conditioning and further education.
Today, we’ll explore a typical Monday of an academy athlete at the Albert Park, Melbourne Academy.
The program is designed so that what athletes are learning and improving on at the academy are on show for their local or representative clubs on the weekend.
Monday begins with a trip to the St. Kilda Sea Baths for recovery from the weekend’s game. The Sea Baths provide us with everything our athletes need in order to get over any niggles or aches from games.
This recovery consists of a swim in Port Phillip Bay, hot and cold baths, light session on the sand and light gym work.
The Academy HQ is only a short walk from the Baths, which means the athletes walk back to the Academy to get stuck in to game review and education.
This education session is run by Clinton Young, and we not only breakdown athlete’s individual performances but also AFL/AFLW games that were played on the weekend.
This is an exercise of studying movement patterns, decision making and offensive and defensive running without the ball.
The afternoon is dedicated to our athletes education programs. Our education program is centered on three main outcomes. The first pillar is centered around developing football skills. This pillar is bolstered by our gym, strength and conditioning and customised personal training plans.
The second education is to be with personal development. At the Academy we’re passionate about helping our players grow as professionals and as people. In everything we do there is a strong element of personal growth and development.
The third education outcome is our university qualification through Torrens University Australia. The business studies our students take part in sets up a pathway to further education as well as gives athletes an insight to the business side of professional sports.