Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an ideal candidate for the program?

An ideal candidate will have a passion for the sports industry, both as an athlete 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. 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 expression of interest form and book themselves into one of the upcoming Open Days held at Punt Road Oval. Following your attendance at this session, applications will be submitted and then a interview will take place. This process will include students completing a detailed Applicant Profile and then an interview 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 enrollment following this.


I am thinking of attending University in 2019 but 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 a year’s credit for courses in areas including Business, Management, Exercises 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, June and September.


What will my weekly schedule look like?

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


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 at the Richmond Football Club?

In 2018, students have worked in a variety of roles including membership, retail, fan development, hospitality, events, match day concourse activations, clinics, school visits, football data and technology.  Aligned Leisure also provides opportunities for students to undertake practical work experience in major aquatic and recreation centres.