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Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership with Swinburne University is a unique program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry.

Why Study With Us?


Students successfully completing the program can progress to a Swinburne university degree, in a range of undergraduate courses in Business, Exercise & Sport Science, Education and Health Science. Up to one year’s credit into these degrees will also be provided.


Richmond Football Club and its subsidiary company Aligned Leisure, , and businesses in the RISL Sports Industry Network are committed to providing real employment and placement opportunities. In 2018, we had 130 students with a completion rate of 83%. 43% of our students have gone onto further study and 42% are employed (8 of those at Richmond Football Club/Richmond Institute).


We focus on growing student’s character, resilience and confidence so our graduates are match fit, work ready and life ready! Students also have the opportunity to attend international trips and gain extra qualifications including First Aid, ASCA Strength & Conditioning, Mental Health First Aid, ASADA Level 1 & 2, Sport Australia Coaching and Level 1 AFL.  


Students complete practical sessions each day and train in a high-performance environment with access to state of the art facilities and coaching.


We regularly use a range of guest speakers, industry experts and formal ambassadors as part of the program.

VET Student Loans available

Swinburne can provide a limited number of VET Student Loans for eligible students.



Dual Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) and Leadership & Management (BSB51918) – learn more…


Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) – learn more…


Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) – learn more…  

Athletic Development / Industry Placement / Employment Opportunities / Guaranteed University Pathways


Our four course modules feature ambassadors who will each present a keynote presentation

Lydia Lassila -Athletic Performance

The four time Winter Olympian will educate students on how athletes set and achieve their vision and goals. READ MORE

Lisa Alexander -Coaching

World Champion Australian Diamonds head coach educating on motivating teams and establishing high performance cultures. READ MORE

Peggy O'Neal -Leadership

The Richmond Football Club President will talk to students about her leadership experience and what it takes to lead an AFL club. READ MORE

Brendon Gale - Management

Former player and now CEO of the Richmond Football Club will talk with students about his career as a leading sport administrator. READ MORE


Our daughter has felt a part of the Club from day one, everyone has been so friendly, welcoming and inclusive. It has made her experience so enjoyable, I know she will always remember this time at the Footy Club.

Jo - Parent of Student

Learning from elite sporting professionals has been fantastic. We also then get to see the message in action on the field or do it ourselves in the gym. The industry placement has also been great to get experience while we are studying.

Mitch – 2017 Student

Our daughter has absolutely loved her first week of her course, my wife and I are loving the stories she is telling us every night. She is relishing the opportunity to grow and expand her horizons. Thank you to the staff for being great role models, showing what a love of learning and enthusiasm can do for you in life.

Mark - Parent of Student

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Thriving students secure Richmond employment

A further three soon-to-be Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership graduates have gained employment at the Richmond Football Club, starting this year. Macy Hall, Will Latchford and Layton Sketcher will join the Club as Fan Engagement Support Officer’s for the next six months. It follows on from fellow RISL alumni Shayla Clarke’s appointment as a Marketing...

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