Enrolments now open for 2019


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

Why Study With Us?

Athletic Development

All students will complete practical strength and conditioning and sport skills sessions within their timetable each week.

Guaranteed University Pathway

Students who successfully complete the program can progress to a Swinburne University degree, in a range of undergraduate courses in Exercise and Sports Science, Health Science and Education. Students may be eligible for credit of up to four units into the degrees.

Real Placement Opportunities

Richmond Football Club’s subsidiary company Aligned Leisure, and network of associated businesses are committed to providing real employment and placement opportunities. The Club anticipates its next batch of young leaders will come from this program. From July 1, 2018 Aligned Leisure will manage Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre, WAVES and the Albury and Lavington Swim Centres.

Learn from the very best

The Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership regularly uses 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.

Diploma in 12 months

Fast track your sporting career in this exciting new program which includes a Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612).

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

Testimonials from our Melbourne campus

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


Who is an ideal candidate for the program?

An ideal candidate will have a passion for the sports industry, both as a participant and as a potential future employment pathway. The program will embrace a diverse range of individuals including a mix of male and female students from various sports and backgrounds. Ideally students will have completed their secondary education.


How do I apply for the program?

Students interested in the program should firstly fill out their personal details on the  and book themselves into one of the upcoming Open Days held in Albury Wodonga. An Applicant Profile Form will be emailed to you to complete and bring to your selected Open Day. Following your attendance at this session and completion of the Applicant Profile Form, an interview will be held with our staff. We will also be requesting students supply a reference from a coach, teacher or mentor that they have worked with previously. Successful students will then be offered a position within the program with formal enrolment following this.


I am thinking of attending University in 2019but I am not sure if I will get into the degree I am hoping for. Should I wait until after University offers come out to apply for this program?

As limited positions are available for this program it is unlikely there will be positions available after University placements are offered (January 2019). We therefore recommend that you apply for our program first. If you decide to take up a University offer you will be able to decline your position in our program, with no charge, prior to the course commencing in February 2019 With Swinburne University offering guaranteed places with up to four units credit for courses in areas including Exercise and Sports Science, Health Science and Education following the successful completion of our program, this may also be an ideal way to secure your desired education pathway.


When does the program take place?

The 2019 program will run from February through until November. The yearly schedule will be similar to a secondary school schedule with end of term holidays provided in April, July and October.  There will also be a compulsory Enrolment Day in November 2018.


What will my weekly schedule look like?

The weekly schedule will include two face-to-face days per week and include a range of sessions, including classroom learning, practical strength and conditioning and sports skills sessions.


What additional certifications are included in the program?

Throughout the year, students will also have the opportunity to complete First Aid, ASCA Strength & Conditioning, Mental Health First Aid, ASADA Level 1 & 2 & Australian Sports Commission Coaching, Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety and Pool Lifeguard certifications.


How will I complete my practical hours?

All students are required to complete a minimum of 140 hours practical work experience.  Our program has a strong focus on experiential learning, allowing students to develop their skills in a range of environments and exciting events that occur both within the Richmond Football Club and also within our fully owned subsidiary, Aligned Leisure. With unrivalled access to a range of industry experts, students will be exposed to outstanding opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge throughout the program.


What practical experiences will I have as part of the program?

In 2019 students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of roles at the aquatic and recreation centres in Albury Wodonga. These include customer experience, school programs and sporting club clinics. A number of other employment opportunities within the Albury Wodonga aquatic facilities will also be available following completion of accredited training such as Pool Lifeguard and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (included in the program).

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