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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

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 semester’s credit into these degrees will also be provided.


Richmond Football Club and its subsidiary company Aligned Leisure, and network of associated sports industry businesses are committed to providing real employment and placement opportunities. The Club anticipates its future young leaders will come from this program. Aligned Leisure currently manage Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre, WAVES and the Albury and Lavington Swim Centres.


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 national and international trips, and gain extra qualifications including First Aid, ASCA Strength & Conditioning, Mental Health First Aid, ASADA Level 1 & 2, Sport Australia Coaching, Level 1 AFL, Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety and Pool Lifeguard.



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, including three-time Olympian, Lauren Jackson.

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

Testimonials from our Albury Wodonga campus

The RISL program this year for me was the best decision I made. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and through this program it can lead me in many different directions whether it’s further study or making contacts and gaining employment. Throughout the course we’re lucky enough to meet amazing people and have amazing experiences such as working on game day at the MCG, as well as meeting players and having lunch with the Richmond staff. I was also lucky enough to be selected to go on the Northern Territory trip where I met amazing people and made life-long friends, as well as making contacts and gaining experience to better my knowledge of Indigenous culture. In doing this trip it made me realise what I want to do post this course which is promoting sport in remote areas.

Chloe Butters - 2019 Albury Wodonga student

For me the Richmond Institute is a stepping stone into the sports industry, however after just one term I have realised it is not only a stepping stone but heaps more. I would not have thought that the RISL program would be as good as it is. To be able to do a university course while also being a part of a successful AFL club like the Richmond Tigers – this course is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would strongly recommend.

Bailey Holmes - 2019 Albury Wodonga student

The Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership is perfect for me as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I finished High School, but I knew that I wanted to work somewhere in the sporting industry. RISL gives you the opportunity to try out different careers in the sporting industry as we have to complete 140 hours of placement. It also educates you as an athlete about fitness and health through studying Sport Development. This course is full of amazing opportunities and one that I got to experience was going up to the Northern Territory to experience and learn the culture, whilst also delivering and teaching young Indigenous children AFL.

Tahlia Simpson - 2019 Albury Wodonga student



Additional Benefits

  • ­­Outstanding student experiences and outcomes.
  • ­­Focus on personal and professional development, allowing students to understand themselves, improve their physical and mental fitness and stand out from the crowd.
  • ­A passionate Student Experience Team who support student engagement and wellbeing throughout the course as well as future career and pathway opportunities.
  • ­Athlete-friendly delivery to allow a combination of industry work and sporting commitments to the program.
  • ­Benefits of being a Swinburne student including access to student services.

Important Dates

November 2019: Enrolment & Induction Day

February 2020 – December 2020: Classroom Based Sessions

VET Student Loan

A VET Student Loan is available for this course – allowing you to defer part of your fees if you’re eligible. Find out more at:

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