Enrolments now open for 2019

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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.

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.


Lisa Alexander -Coaching

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


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.


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.


Why Study With Us?

Athletic Development

Develop yourself in a High Performance environment with access to state of the art facilities and coaching. All students will complete practical strength and conditioning and sport skills sessions within their timetable each week.

Learn from the very best

The Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership regularly uses a range of guest speakers and industry experts as part of the program. Our program ambassadors take a lead role in the delivery of the four modules.

Real Placement Opportunities

Richmond Football Club and its subsidiary company Aligned Leisure, is committed to providing real employment and placement opportunities. The Club anticipates its next batch of young leaders will come from this program.

Guaranteed University Pathway

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

Double Diploma in 12 months

Fast track your sporting career in this exciting new program which combines a Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) and a Diploma of Leadership & Management (BSB51915).

VET Student Loans available

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

Want to learn more? Join us at one of our Open Days


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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