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Enrolments now open for 2021

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 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.  

VET Student Loans available

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


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.

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Testimonials from our Dual Diploma

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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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 well-being 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
February – December: 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:

Application process

  • Step 1: Register your details using the form here.
  • Step 2: We’ll give you a call to conduct a brief interview over the phone. This is just to make sure the course is right for you, and advise you of the next steps.
  • Step 3: Once you are ready to proceed, we’ll email you with instructions on how to complete your online application.
  • Step 4: If successful, you’ll receive your official offer letter via email. This will include information on how to accept your offer and enrol, and confirm your course start date.

Diploma of Sport (Sport Development) / Diploma of Leadership and Management

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Campus Locations



Albury Wodonga