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The AFL has three Sporting Schools program offerings for primary schools and Year 7 and 8 secondary students.

These programs have been developed to introduce children to the game of AFL through fun, engaging and challenging games and activities that are suited for a range of age groups and skill levels.

Students will also learn about the pathway programs available such as NAB AFL Auskick, School Football and Junior Club football.

Your respective local AFL Development Officer will be able to provide assistance in determining the most suitable program for your students.

For further information view the AFL Sporting Schools FAQs. [PDF * 337 kb]

“I think any sport is important for kids to get active and learn new skills and make new friends and those sorts of things and live a healthy lifestyle. Footy certainly gives you that opportunity. We’ve got a great climate to get outside and to play and to keep active. It’s really important for young kids and for big kids too.”
Matthew Boyd, Western Bulldogs.

Learn AFL

Learn AFL is for the beginners – students with limited to no knowledge of AFL.

This program focuses on developing the core skills of the game in a fun and engaging way through age and skill appropriate game-based activities. It’s the perfect way to introduce students to the game.

Programs have been developed for:

  • Foundation/Prep-Year 2
  • Year 3-4
  • Year 5-7

Experience AFL

Experience AFL is for the students with some existing understanding of AFL. The structured curriculum expands on the footy basics focusing on more games and less drills. It’s a great way to further develop skills of the game and introduce modified match play.

Programs have been developed for:

  • Year 3-4
  • Year 5-7


AFL 9s is a versatile program ideal for combining the footy and motor skills learnt by students and applying them in a team sport setting.

Lessons for the AFL 9s program are plenty of fun, consisting of warm ups, skill development and an AFL 9s game.

This program is offered at secondary school level.

Primary Schools (excluding VIC/NSW/ACT*)

The option to choose a program package that comes with equipment. Each pack consists of:

  • 15 x size 1 or 3 Sherrin footballs
  • 1 x football carry bag
  • 1 x set of portable cones
  • 1 x football hand pump

*In NSW/ACT each participant will receive a pack which includes a Size 1 Sherrin football, AFL Club stickers & AFL Footy cards. Schools in VIC have the opportunity to purchase equipment from the AFL schools store instead.

Secondary Schools

The option to choose a program package that comes with equipment. Each pack consists of:

  • 15 x size 4 Sherrin footballs
  • 1 x football carry bag
  • 1 x set of portable cones
  • 1 x football hand pump

*The equipment packs are the same across all States/Territories for secondary schools.


Registered teachers in VIC and WA can deliver AFL in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below:

  • Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance
  • Current AFL Foundation Coaching
  • Approved by your local AFL Development Manager

To become a coach and deliver AFL in Sporting Schools please ensure you are working towards the following requirements:

Coaching Providers

Sporting Schools is an Australia-wide program in partnership with over 30 national sporting organisations (NSO), of which the AFL is one.

The AFL coordinates all Sporting Schools programs and do not require external coaching providers. For further information please contact the AFL.

AFL Resources

The AFL has developed an array of resources that will assist teachers to deliver AFL on the field but also to engage students in the classroom while achieving educational outcomes. Such resources include :

  • AFL Sport Education – the program enables students to develop their skills as players as well as learning off-field roles such as umpiring, team & facility management and coaching
  • AFL Letter Link – a letter writing literacy based program for students based around cultural diversity
  • AFL Lesson Ideas – 30 AFL themed lesson ideas in various key learning areas - over 150 in total
  • AFL Record – ideas on how to utilise the AFL Record to achieve numeracy & literacy outcomes
  • Footy Stats – the Australian Bureau of Statistics in partnership with the AFL have developed a program that uses football to improve students statistical literacy
  • AFL 9s lesson plans – Playing for Life activity lesson plans with video links.

For further information contact your local AFL Development Manager:

Contact: Adriana Harpas

Contact: Nicole Hyland

SA Contact: Nick Harnas

Contact: Amy Anderton

Contact: Linsey Da Costa
Phone: 0408 971 609

Contact: Tyson Old
Phone: 03 8629 5312

Contact: David Lindsay

Have any questions about Sporting Schools?

Phone: 1300 785 707
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