AFL Excellence Program



The AFL School of Excellence program aims to create active, well rounded and connected young people who excel in AFL and are prepared to overcome challenges, achieve success and positively contribute to their community. The program provides male and female students in Years 7-9 with the opportunity to develop their skills and provide a genuine learning pathway in AFL and sports studies through schooling and beyond. Students will study AFL as part of their junior secondary curriculum studies. 

Students in the program will gain access to a high-quality sporting program developed in partnership with AFL Queensland with recognised accredited AFL coaches and teachers. Students will study HPE together for the academic year and will be engaged in extracurricular AFL excursions and activities. 

The program focuses on a holistic approach to talent development which is made up of 4 core areas:

  1. Athlete Development: Enhancement of fundamental skills, fitness, game knowledge and performance habits.
  2. Promoting Personal Growth: Through the development of leadership skills, wellbeing, communication and teamwork.
  3. Community: Increased participation in the Greater Springfield AFL Community whether it's on the field as a player, or umpire, or off the field as a coach or volunteer at the local AFC club.
  4. Future Pathways: Students will be provided with a range of career pathways through the practical experience in AFL and related areas such sports performance, sports psychology and nutrition along with the opportunity to gain qualifications in areas such as coaching and umpiring. The AFL program will have direct alignment to senior pathways in the senior phase of learning including Certificate III in Fitness, Physical Education and Sport and Recreation


Students will be engaged in a number of experiences from year 7 to 9 that will help develop the student around our core aims of the program. The possible experiences that the students will have the opportunity to participate in are:

  • Participation in competitions such as the AFLQ schools of Excellence Cup and 9 a side Gala Days
  • Mentoring by highly qualified coaches supported by AFLQ 
  • Access to Professional AFL Education Programs including guest speakers on key topics (Training Habits, Sports Psychology, Nutrition, recovery)
  • Attend professional game day experiences
  • Brighton Home Stadium experiences
  • Leadership development and camp
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Umpiring and coaching qualifications



Before committing to the AFL Excellence Program, it is important that you review the code of conduct with your child to fully understand and be aware of the commitments required to be a successful AFL Excellence student.  

  • Students should demonstrate a desire and ability to play AFL
  • Maintain a B or above in effort and behaviour on academic report cards
  • Students must maintain an attendance of 90% and above and provide explanations for any absences
  • Abide by the school's behaviour expectations and policies – Woodcrest State College Student Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrate sportsmanship and fair play at all times.
  • Wear the school uniform in the correct manner at all times. Academy shirts only to be worn during training sessions. 
  • Students are responsible for being on time to school and attend all practice sessions
  • Students are expected to participate in all school AFL games and Woodcrest Sport carnivals including Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country.
  • All students will be required to sign an agreement and pay annual fee which includes; training shirt, referee costs, transport costs, equipment, competition levies and the cost of extra-curricular activities. Camp will incur additional costs.
  • Any further activities will be optional with additional subsides costs. E.g., End of year celebrations, additional extra-curricular activities.


Last reviewed 08 December 2023
Last updated 08 December 2023