The Simon Black Academy provides student-athletes with the opportunity to gain a university qualification while training in an elite academy environment.
The Simon Black Academy is a highly resourced ‘Education Academy’ based on the highly successful American College System, Australian Institute of Sport and AFL Elite Academies.
The Academy is a full-time sport and educational program for males and females who have completed secondary school. Each day student-athletes will participate in football skills related training, strength & conditioning, nutrition and well-being programs, in conjunction with daily business and fitness university style learning.
The program is designed to enable student-athletes to develop as individuals and reach their full potential by focusing on strong education, leadership and mentoring foundations. This is an ideal program for student-athletes who have a passion for Aussie Rules Football and want the opportunity to train at the elite level day in, day out.
Student-athletes will train at the elite level while also studying to earn a university qualification in Diploma of Sports Development (first year qualification) and continue their studies to earn a university qualification in Bachelor of Business – Sports Management (third year qualification). The Academy gives student-athletes access to elite coaches and knowledge specialists for each subject matter covered within the program. If student-athletes have not made an elite development squad previously or have had limited opportunities due to injury or other circumstances, the Academy provides the program to train and develop your game.
We believe successful elite athletes understand it’s critical to have alternative career opportunities that only education can provide. Our goal is to give Academy participants an opportunity to play Australian Rules at the very best level they can achieve, while also ensuring they are working on their career pathways during and post the Academy. We will aim for all our students to succeed in these pathways and will expose students to as many opportunities as possible along the way.
The Academy football program has been developed by Simon Black in conjunction with our elite AFL coaches. Academy students will be exposed to the same professional, full-time training as the professional Aussie Rules players.