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Our programs
Accelerated football skills development for SA youth

We have three programs, all taking a holistic approach to the development of young athletes, equipping them  for future success at the highest level possible.

Elite Academy  |   U13 - U16

By invitation only, based on data, identification and SANFL club and junior club nomination. Ideal for players wanting more development in a state-of-the-art program that is best in class. The program will coordinate their Club training to maximise their potential of playing top level SANFL and or AFL football.

Costs

$2940 annually |$245 per month, payable via direct debit.

Inclusions:

  • Indoor skills training weekly, one per week

  • Outdoor skills training, one per week (eight players per coach)

  • Strength and agility session, four per month

  • Game strategy webinars, three per year

  • AFL draft testing and evaluation, two per year.

Aish Football Academy kit:

  • Personalised playing/training tee, shorts and socks

  • Hoodie and spray jacket available for purchase.

Additional Costs

  • Annual camp - two days (approx. $500 to be advised)

  • Annual trip – Interstate Academies ($700-$1000, to be advised)

  • Optional winter small group skills sessions (18) $630 upfront cost.

Development Academy  |   U13 - U18

Focused on the players that trial but don’t make the Elite Development Programs (EDPs) for SANFL clubs and want further development. Junior clubs will also be asked to nominate their next best players not making the EDPs for development to try and make the EDP the following year.

Costs

$2160.00 annually | $180 per month, payable via direct debit.

Inclusions:

  • Skills training weekly (eight players per coach)

  • Indoor skills training weekly

  • Strength and agility session weekly

  • One AFL testing per year.

 

Additional Costs

  • Annual camp - two days ($500 per year, to be advised).

Junior Academy  |   U8 - U12

Working in collaboration with SANFL Junior Clubs and primary schools.

We find and develop keen children and channel them into their respective SANFL
Elite Development
 Programs (EDPs).

Costs

$1440.00 Annually | $120 per month, payable via direct debit.

Inclusions:

  • Skills training weekly (eight players per coach)

  • Indoor skills training weekly

  • 1 AFL testing per year.
     

Additional Costs

  • Annual camp two days ($500 per year, to be advised)

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Skills development

Skills development is one of the most crucial parts of an athlete's development. By getting the fundamentals right, all other elements of their development will improve.

This area is led by Michael and Jesse Aish, together with other SANFL or AFL specialist coaches. Jesse is an accredited AFL Level 3 coach and has spent two years working with the Sydney Swans AFL Academy, mentoring coaches and junior AFL clubs with expertise in basic fundamentals to fast track their development.

 

Jesse played league football for Norwood and spent some time training with both Adelaide and Port Adelaide. The programs Jesse creates are designed to challenge each athlete to be the best player they can be.

Strength, speed and agility

This critical component of the program is led by our specialist coach, Bryan Beinke. Bryan was initially drafted by Geelong and then North Melbourne, but returned to South Australia and played in an SANFL Premiership with Port Adelaide. He won their best and fairest and was again drafted in 1998 by the Adelaide Crows at pick 34. He played 38 AFL games, kicking 42 goals as a forward in the AFL, 107 games and three Premierships in the SANFL. He coached Norwood and Port Adelaide in the SANFL Reserves for several years.

 

Bryan has also successfully launched Karmony and the Nth Degree Performance, both leading fitness, and physical development businesses in Adelaide. He also has Upper Echelon Coaching, for personal development.

 

Bryan uses his unique skills, resilience, and expertise in guiding our young athletes and has been instrumental in assisting many elite athletes achieve enhanced results. These include James Borlase’s development, which ultimately helped him to be drafted by the Adelaide Crows, and Mitch Crowden was drafted  to the Fremantle Dockers. 

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Sports technology

KangaTech was developed by Dr Steve Saunders, who joined the AFL Kangaroos in 2010 after completing his PhD on Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Control and many years consulting in elite sport.

 

It is designed to test strength and understand the propensity for injury to ensure we develop players’ core strengths and minimise weaknesses whilst preventing injury. Patrick will use this technology with the support of KangaTech to work with all of our Elite Academy players. Kangatech is set to be a part of the 2024 program.

Testing and evaluation

Patrick Clark is a professionally qualified sports physiotherapist and has played at SANFL level for Glenelg. He leads the testing and evaluation component of the program along with injury prevention and player research.

Patrick coordinates all AFL testing protocols including regular AFL draft testing for Elite Academy players. He is also responsible for bringing the KangaTech technology to the program.

 

Patrick works closely with Bryan to track interventions and continue to help implement injury prevention and performance enhancing strategies within the strength and conditioning program.

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Mindset and nutrition

Kris and Tracey Massie lead this very important area. Kris’ life story is testament to resilience and getting your mind right to achieve your life goals. He is a trainer, coach, and speaker with a deep passion for transforming individuals and teams to live a happier and more fulfilling life. 

Initially born in Sweden, Kris grew up in Melbourne and was recruited in 1997 by Carlton as a Top 10 draft pick. He won an AFL Rising Star nomination and played in an AFL Grand Final in his second year playing AFL. Kris was later traded to Adelaide and went on to play 131 AFL games. He has also coached the Glenelg U18’s, Reserves and the Glenelg Senior League SANFL team for two years. 

Kris and Tracey have built a successful lifestyle wellness business, Chi Train, based  in the Adelaide CBD. This program uses a holistic approach, incorporating several key pillars including mindset and nutrition. 

Tracey has had a passion for the health industry for most of her life, having worked in the family’s organic store Foodwise Organics for nearly a decade. They will work together to ensure that we nourish our young athletes’ minds and bodies, leading to optimal performance now and into the future. To be included in the 2024 program.

Injury prevention and proactive physiotherapy

Move for Better Health are the official physiotherapy and injury management partners for the Aish Football Academy. They provide screening assessments, training load management reviews, and injury assessments and treatments for all players when needed. Move for Better Health has a long history of providing sports physiotherapy services at an elite level. 

Led by Managing Director, Peter Tziavrangos and APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist Sam Campagnale, both with elite sports experience, their sports injury team work with the Aish Football Academy athletes to not only proactively prevent and manage injuries, but also to optimise their physical health to allow them to train at their best. To be part of the 2024 program.

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