Our Specialist Australian Rules Football Program takes talented young players and gives them an enviable opportunity to access excellent sporting facilities, accredited coaches and a comprehensive Australian Rules Football and academic educational experience.


In Term 2 each year we welcome applications from students entering Year 7 for acceptance into our Specialist AFL Program.
We also invite applications for our scholarship program. Successful applicants will not be required to pay the voluntary contribution and charges for Year 7 and ongoing eligibility in Years 8, 9 and 10 is subject to the maintenance of high standards of achievement and commitment to the Specialist Program guidelines. Students already offered positions in specialist programs are eligible to apply.

To provide students with a diverse Australian Rules Football experience that encompasses:
• Development of individual and game skills
• Sequential skill development
• Game strategy and analysis
• Umpiring
• Coaching
• Fitness
• Administration
• Event and Team management
• Sports first aid

The Specialist Australia Rules Football Program has an emphasis on developing each individual using football as a vehicle to achieve success. By being enrolled into the program, students have already demonstrated a passion for AFL. This passion is enhanced through a rigorous and engaging curriculum that covers all aspects of AFL; including skill development, umpiring, coaching and administration.

All participants are encouraged to set themselves goals at the beginning of each year. Through regular interviews, both individually and with parent involvement, we establish if development has been made towards these goals. Program participants receive guidance from Level 2 AFL Coaches, as well as expert guidance from East Fremantle Football Club, the WA Football Commission and the two West Australian AFL teams.

They also have access to excellent training facilities; including weights rooms and boxing and cardio equipment. Technology also plays a major role in the program, with all students being provided access to technology that will further their development. The program compliments the work students are doing with their clubs and district football, with school coaches liaising with club and district coaches regularly to discuss students’ development. The program also provides pathways for students to represent the school as State representatives. The major emphasis will be development of individual and game skills.

Our new AFL uniform can be ordered from the Health & Physical Education Department at school. Please read the instruction letter below and use the attached order form.

The program is delivered by experienced teacher coaches who are accredited and dedicated to Cecil Andrews SHS. Their roles also involve liaising with regional Australian Rules Football development officers who are linked to the WAFL clubs, in particular East Fremantle Football Club, as well as working with the West Australian Football Commission.

All coaches have a range of teaching and coaching experience, which will enable them to work with all students to allow them to reach their goals. Through the links we have formed with external agencies, coaching and information sessions will be run by current WAFL players and staff from East Fremantle Football Club. Where possible, we will also engage the services offered by both the Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles.

Other staff throughout the Cecil Andrews SHS Community also involve themselves with the Specialist Program by attending and volunteering at many games, and helping in a variety of ways, attending functions and assisting with various fundraising activities. The Specialist Australian Rules Football Program at Cecil Andrews SHS involves itself heavily with all aspects of the students schooling, in addition to the wider community.

We have developed a strong community link with our local primary schools and through our relationship with East Fremantle Football Club (EFFC) we have been able to provide opportunities for leadership, access to first class facilities and pathways into future careers in sport and football. 

A variety of clinics, coaching and information sessions are run throughout the year by players and staff from EFFC. The Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) also provides resources and links to funding and competitions. Where possible, we also participate in educational outreach programs offered by both the Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles. Our Specialist Australian Rules Football Program students pride themselves on their active involvement across the school and wider community. 

The Specialist Australian Rules Football Program is delivered throughout the week with an allocated 6 periods of contact time plus out-of-school training and coaching requirements. Time will be spent in a classroom in addition to utilising using the gym, oval and weights room.

A major focus of the program is on skill development, which is achieved through a safe and positive environment. In addition to skill development, each year group will have a different theoretical focus. Year 7 - Literacy and Numeracy related to AFL. Year 8 - Injury Rehabilitation and Umpiring. Year 9 - Coaching and Team Management and Year 10 - STEM and AFL.

The football teams will be involved in:
• inter-school competitions;
• regional tours and interstate/Interstate tours;
• umpiring; and
• coaching experience;

Opportunities will exist for students. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with our local primary schools to run coaching clinics and participate in development and /information sessions with the primary school students.

Selection is based on evidence of a positive academic record and football training attitude combined with the necessary skills and experience in Australian Rules Football. The student’s current school and club will provide this information. (An Applicant who has have not received access to quality coaching but shows potential will be taken into consideration).

The trial date for 2017 is set for 13 May 2016. Students who cannot attend this trial MUST contact the school prior to the trial date so an alternative arrangement can be made. Successful applicants will receive their acceptance letters shortly after. Additional trials may occur during the year. Please contact the school for more information.

Parents or Guardians will be contacted by the school to arrange an interview. The interview will take place at the school, and give both parties a chance to discuss the program in further detail. Students will be expected to bring a Letter of Recommendation from either their current teacher or the current coach. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed and placed on a reserve list.

For enquires please contact: Jade Brimmer on 08 9497 0234.

Ready to apply? Download and complete the application form and return to the school.