What is the academy?
Take your game to a new level
The Australian Rules Academy has been developed by AFL Champion and former Brisbane Lions Assistant Coach, Simon Black, to expose student-athletes to a wide AFL network of elite coaches and players. Combining both technical Australian Rules football with University qualifications in business and sports development, the Academy provides the opportunity to harness students’ potential within the sporting and business industries.
Why train with us?
Elite training program
Until now, only a few select players get the opportunity to go into a full-time Academy focused on Australian Rules Football.
But this has now changed.
The Simon Black Australian Rules Academy provides an alternative program that allows players like you to reach their full potential both on and off the field.
Designed to give players access to a professional Australian Rules environment, the Academy program is based around delivering a University Degree in Business and Sports Development, giving Academy graduates the foundation to succeed outside of football.
Following AFL coaching guidelines
The holistic football program has been designed by Simon Black and the Academy coaching team. As an athlete at the Simon Black Academy you will be coached by our team of ex-AFL players who have all succeeded at the highest level. You will be trained by the best coaches available who will work with you to develop you into an elite player. Our program focuses on individual skill breakdown, strength and conditioning and personal leadership and development.
The Australian Rules Academy has been designed to give our student athletes the best opportunity to succeed both on and off the field. The combination of Business and Sports Development degrees does just this.
As a graduate of the Diploma of Sport Development there are a number of career opportunities in the health and wellbeing industry available to you, including:
- Sports development manager
- Competition manager
- Program developer
- Talent development manager
- Sports program co-coordinator
- Sports / recreation facility management
- Events, and small business management
Facilities and training grounds
The facilities at the Simon Black Academy have been selected to provide you with exactly what a young developing footballer requires to take their game to the next level. The carefully crafted football program aligns with our facilities and takes into account precisely what clubs at the elite level put their players through. Creating the same environment for our athletes was of the utmost importance.
Our facilities provide access to:
- A-grade AFL playing fields
- Gymnasium for strength & conditioning training
- Classroom for Academy vocation classes and AFL theory related sessions
- Swimming pool for recovery and training sessions (situated either onsite or within close proximity to training venues)