Australian Rules Football – Boys (ARFB)

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The Hallam Secondary College Sports Academy: Australian Rules Football – Boys (ARFB) is a unique program that offers a wide range of elite industry pathways for boys in Years 10-12.

It is designed for those who are committed and talented in Australian Rules Football, Sport and Recreation fields and or VCE Physical Education. It also provides unique opportunities to complete a Vocational Education and Training qualification e.g., a trade qualification without leaving the college.

The ARFB program has strong connections with a range of elite athlete and pathway programs including but not limited to NAB League Dandenong Southern Stingrays, Gippsland Power, other academies, interleague and VFL pathways. This includes access to a range of industry leaders and experts in football.

The program also provides interstate opportunities and its involvement at School Sport Victoria and invitation only Premier League competitions.


  • To implement high performance conditioning and injury prevention programs for year 10, 11 and 12 students
  • Implement individual long term athlete development programs and a range of short courses with a strong focus on developing skills and craft
  • Develop elite skills, knowledge and understanding of Australian Rules Football through an education program that utilises AFL technology, processes and systems including GPS, video analysis, fitness testing and sports science
  • To develop young men and leaders on and off the field
  • Allow students to choose from a range of educational pathways that contribute to the new VCE.
  • To learn from a range of external coaches including but not limited to AFL/NRL tackling coach, strength and conditioning coaches which is complemented with Deakin University sports science interns
  • Conduct junior community coaching clinics in the region.

Weekly Program Can Include

Rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, skills practice and match play, community links & structured workplace learning.

Playing Opportunities

Athletes have multiple opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge by participating in the following competitions:

  • SSV Premier League
  • State & National Sporting trips to: Canberra & Queensland

The Year 10 James Harmes Squad participate in the following competitions:

  • SSV intermediate Australian Rules Football
  • Interstate Sporting Exchanges


For more information and application forms, please contact the College or click here.

Program Information, Coaches, Highlights & Honour Roll

For more information, coaching profiles and program highlights please download the following pdf:

HSC SA ARFB 2023 Flyer (PDF)

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