The AFL / AFLW program is currently offered to all students in Year 7-10. Students in Year 9 & 10 can select ‘Sports Academy’ as an elective and students in Year 7 & 8 complete their sessions outside of the school day and also get released from class once a week.

Bentleigh Secondary College has a partnership with St Kilda Football Club who deliver the program through expert coach Tony Pucella. Some of the sessions are conducted at Bentleigh Secondary College and some of the sessions are conducted at RSEA Park, Home of the St Kilda Football Club.

The program is a development program designed to enhance students sport specific skills, fitness and body capabilities as well as leadership, discipline and knowledge surrounding the athlete’s performance. Many of these skills are transferrable to other curriculum areas as well as other facets of life.

Coach: Tony Pucella St Kilda FC

Tony has vast coaching experience. Tony is currently St Kilda FC Specialist coach/Talent Manager for their Next Generation Program and a selector for the Victorian SSV U15 program. He has various other roles within the footy industry. Tony has also previously spent 5 years as an assistant coach/development coach at the Sandringham Dragons U18 program. 

Strength & conditioning

Strength and condition needs of our athletes is taken care of by Chris Matthews and team from Active Lifestyle. Chris Matthews founded Active Lifestyle in 1995, and since this time he has overseen the growth and expansion of services offered. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement, is an accredited exercise physiologist and a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning coach.

Over the past 20 years, Chris has run the Strength and Conditioning programs for a number of sporting organisations including; TAC Cup football clubs Eastern Ranges & Oakleigh Chargers, VFL club Sandringham Zebras, AFL Canada, Kew Bears Football Club, Box Hill Senior Secondary College’s Sports Academy, Vic Metro AFL National Championship U16 & U18 teams and the Victorian U17 Lacrosse team, as well as many individual athletes.


Warrick Pearson from MyPhysio (who operate from GESAC) is the Bentleigh Secondary College choice for all our physio needs for our athletes. Warrick has a broad experience as a Physiotherapist for over 20 years. In addition to his roles as Lead Clinician and Director of MyPhysio, he has elite sports involvement with the VIS Sailing Program and the Australian Sailing Team. He currently works with adolescents in many areas of sport including dance, swimming, AFL, soccer, netball, basketball and cheerleading.


Athlete Achievement Form

Health Professional Report

Sports Academy Registration

Student Agreement