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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


As a country boy is was fun and exciting to meet new people and come into the big city at the club that I love. This experience and memories I’ll forever be grateful for.

Dan Mattei - Student

My RISL experience has been terrific in the way it has provided a large network in the sport and rec industry. It has also been great with the amount of courses you can cross over to at the end of your year!

Jake Penman - Student

The course presents many opportunities to you, if you head in with a clear mind-setand explore what you see as your passion, the loyal and dedicated team of mentors and staff will help you set foot in the right direction.

Zac Jackson - Student

I think the course was even better than I expected. The people I met and the networks I formed has given me a platform that I wouldn’t have got elsewhere and I am so grateful for the opportunities that RISL has given me.

Macy Hall - 2019 Student

The RISL course has 100% changed me for the better. Every single staff member (no matter when or where) will always have time for you. The course isn’t like a typical unicourse because the staff care and want to make sure that you feel valued and are in an environment where you can truly be yourself and thrive. I have learnt so much about myself this year and I have the RISL staff to thank for that. If you put in the time and effort you will always get something bigger and better than you thought back.

Billie Lewis - 2019 Student

The Richmond institute has been such a rewarding experience for me. It has opened many doors for my future career in sports management, which I strongly believe would not have opened without RISL. It is such a unique experience and the connections you build are invaluable.

Tayla Crane - 2019 Student

Latest News

Tyson Day

A fantastic day of engaging content was delivered on Monday 2nd March, from guest speaker Tyson Day from Arrive & Thrive. Tyson shared his valuable knowledge on a range of topics including Career Design, Networking and Building Positive connections in the Sporting Industry. Grace Rodgers (2020 Student) commented “Tyson’s presentation was really engaging, his activities...

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More than a premiership for RISL pair

RISL students Will Latchford and Luke Paramanathan will perhaps remember their recent VAFA Division 3 premiership as the steppingstones to their fledgling careers in the sports industry. Latchford who hopes to embark on a career in strength and conditioning and Paramanathan who aspires to work within the AFL industry were set up with Emmaus St...

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RISL Students Gain Jack Dyer Medal Event Insights

Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership students Daniel Skinner and Ellen Thompson were given a special opportunity at the Richmond Football Club’s night of nights earlier this month. The pair assisted the Club’s Events Department with the delivery of the annual Jack Dyer Medal, held at the Crown Palladium. Skinner said the night which gave the...

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