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SMJFL together with Elite Athlete Performance Network are offering players aged 11-14 an exclusive talent development opportunity designed for SMJFL youth players. Elite Athlete Performance Network is the League’s Preferred Partner for Football Development Programs and will be coordinating this program thanks to its highly accredited coaches. The coaches who will be conducting this day currently coach within the TAC Cup and State representative system so they are experts in developing youth.

Elite prides itself on fostering young football talent, both male and female footballers are encouraged to join this program. It aims to improve skills, develop game sense and will equip all participants with the confidence to improve their match-play. Completing this program will be an excellent lead in for players hoping to participate in the 2017 SMJFL South Metro Stars Interleague squad or other representative programs in the region.

Where & when is the training held? 

The program will be running at Moorleigh Reserve, approx. 90-92 Bignell Road, Bentleigh East.

This is an 8 week program. Participants will be involved in one session per week. There will be 2 programs running this year, a Monday night program (begins 18th July) and a Tuesday night program (begins 19th July). There will be two (2) alternative session times per night (4:30-5:45pm and 5:30-6:45pm).  Programs will conclude Monday September 5th and Tuesday September 6th respectively.

All participants will: 

  • Be coached by qualified, expert junior coaches
  • Develop critical playing skills
  • Undertake age relevant movement and strength drills
  • Find out what it takes to make it at the elite level
  • Learn about AFL tactics
  • Have development tasks provided that can be completed at home
  • Have low participant numbers per coach to maximise teaching and learning
  • Receive a drink bottle and Sherrin football. 

What is the cost of the program? 

The all-inclusive program for SMJFL players is $250.00 (including GST).

Register now by downloading the Player Registration & Payment Form. You can email or post this form directly to Elite Athlete Performance Network.

For the quickest and most comprehensive response, please ask all program queries (including registration and payment questions) through Elite via email:  or Phone: 03 8529 3086

Who are Elite? 

Elite Athlete Performance Network is committed to the holistic development of athlete’s. Our programs are designed to physically build athletes from the ground up, preparing them in advance for future demands that their sport may place on them.

We use the latest techniques and strategies to maximise the development of each of our athlete’s, but maintain a philosophy of ‘doing the basics right’. Our team of staff & coaches are known industry leaders with a proven track record of successfully developing a range of athlete’s through their formative years into elite sport.

Too young for this program? You may be eligible for the 7-13 years School Holiday Clinics in the June/July School Holidays.