Elite Sports Academy

St Francis Catholic College has partnered with Academy Movement to offer selected students in years 10 to 12 the opportunity to join our Elite Sports Academy (ESA) program.

Students participate in an elite athlete development program while completing their senior secondary studies. The ESA caters to athletes from all sporting codes and allows students to focus on strength and conditioning, supplementing the sport they participate in outside the College.

When students join the ESA, they:

  • complete a structured curriculum from Years 10-12 that includes a VET Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, Level 1 Sports Trainer certification and full First Aid and CPR certification.
  • participate in high-level strength and conditioning training sessions built into their timetable delivered by a qualified coach with tailored programs to help them excel in their sport.
  • benefit from an engaging and supportive environment among students who share their passion for sport and exercise
  • learn about post-secondary education opportunities and career pathways
  • gain access to elite sporting organisations through excursions and incursions.

How to apply

Applications for the ESA open to all Year 9 students in Term 4 for commencement in Year 10.

Each application is assessed on sporting, behavioural and academic merit.

Successful students must represent the school, the academy, and themselves by participating in all aspects of school life to the best of their ability.

Students can re-apply in subsequent years only if a place in the academy becomes available, and each application will be assessed on the same criteria as above.

Students must compete in at least one sport outside the College at any level. Representative (e.g., state, national, etc.) level sports will be considered favourably, as will students with excellent behavioural and academic records.

For more information, please contact Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach Jacob Scott at jscott@sfcc.vic.edu.au or Academy Teacher Stephanie Bertalmio at sbertalmio@sfcc.vic.edu.au

Program partners

The College proudly partners with Academy Movement and Savile, a registered training organisation, to deliver the Elite Sports Academy program.

Inspiring careers in sport, health and fitness

Our Melton Campus Year 11 Elite Sports Academy students visited Richmond Football Club to learn more about career pathways in the sports industry.

After observing a closed training session for the Tigers AFL squad, students made their way to Richmond Institute where a recent graduate presented information on study pathways after VCE and the broad range of employment opportunities in sports, health and fitness.

After lunch, students were put through their paces during a strength and conditioning session run by Richmond Institute's coaches, who work closely with the football club.

Our students left with a greater understanding of the growing opportunities for study and employment in the health and fitness sector.