AFL Barwon Midyear Mastery Footy Program

AFL Barwon and Rookie Me are back with a footy program to ensure that you maintain momentum this season.
Get ready to have some fun these school holidays, and take your game to the next level.


July 5, 2024

9:00am - 3:30pm





7 – 15 y/o

Boys and Girls



Includes GST

Choose Your option

AFL Barwon and Rookie Me offer player development programs throughout the year, with a key focus on education, enjoyment and experiences, to prepare you for the season ahead.

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Single Event

WAS $149.99



Includes GST.

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Bundle and Save

was $299.98



Includes GST.

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Academy Pathway

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Price varies with age group.

About the program

Adapt your game

It's the middle of winter – the grind is real, it's cold, it's tough, and your season may be testing both your character, and your work ethic.

At the Mid-Year Mastery footy program, we will turn our attention to being adaptable and learning to solve problems. We will cover both attacking and defending areas to ensure you come out on top, areas including:

  • Getting out of trouble.
  • Using an outnumber.
  • Denying the opposition.
  • Getting the footy back.

We want players to embrace the grind, and build momentum in their season. Impact both sides of the ball and take your game to the next level.

Session Schedule

Players will rotate through various stations which cover different areas and moments of the game. Players will also have the opportunity to showcase their talent during full Aussie rules game-play!

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Kicking School

  • Kicking adaptability.
  • Weighted kicking.
  • Kicking speed and accuracy.
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    Kicking is the most important skill in Aussie rules football. Kicking School will allow you to master your kicking technique to maximise your impact on game day - no matter what your age is or where your skill level is at.

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Handball Club

  • Handball through traffic.
  • Handball at levels.
  • Handball speed and accuracy.
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    Handball Club gives you the tools to perfect your handball technique. Use this high-energy session to gain over 500 touches of the football, and improve ball handling on game day..

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Body + brain

  • Fundamental movement.
  • Reaction time.
  • Energy.
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    Body + Brain activities allow players to switch on physically and mentally, before games and at training sessions, by challenging them with problem-solving challenges and team activities. This allows players to impact from the very first bounce.

RM Module Leadership


  • Leadership development.
  • Team work.
  • Public speaking.
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    Leadership activities to help develop your confidence, with opportunities for each player to speak up and showcase your ability to work within a team.

RM Module Attacking

Attacking Phase

  • Getting out of trouble.
  • Spread to receive.
  • Using an outnumber.
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    How can we create scoring opportunities during the Attacking Phase? Players will explore concepts of setting up on the field to score, find a target inside-50; and outscoring the opposition.

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Defending Phase

  • Denying the opposition.
  • Delaying ball movement.
  • Getting the footy back.
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    During the Defending Phase the opposition has the football, how can we get it back? Players will explore the act of desperate defending to effectively cause opposition turnovers and successfully defend the opposition.

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Small + full games

  • Game sense.
  • Small constraints based games.
  • Full gameplay.
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    We give players the chance to do what they love most, play footy!! Small + Full gameplay with altering rules to emphasise the learning we have from the day and put it all into practice.

Session Structure

Q1 - Q2 - Q3 - Q4

The four-quarters session structure is how we educate athletes and allow for progressive training in Aussie rules football.

This structure empowers players to efficiently transfer from simple to more complex skills or strategies during a training session, with the intent to enhance game sense and skill development.

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Quarter One [Q1] focuses on individual activities, which enhance the speed and accuracy of players’ skill levels. Skill is broken down into the key fundamentals of the game, such as kicking, handballing and ball-handling.



Quarter Two [Q2] focuses on collective activities, which will assist players to progress their ability to problem solve. Activities will reflect the challenges players combat during a game, while allowing players to positively impact their team.



Quarter Three [Q3] focuses on team-tasks activities, which will accelerate players’ problem solving by challenging them to work through a range of game situations, so they can see them more clearly when in the heat of battle.


Game activities

Quarter Four [Q4] focuses on games activities, which brings all the four quarters of the program together, encouraging players to simply play the game. Including both small-sided and full games, with altered rules, which emphasise specific strategies and skills of the game.

Our Key Coaches

Our key coaches and instructors bring an in-depth knowledge and experience from both on-and-off the field. Their commitment to provide young players with the right support to increase confidence and unleash their potential, is evident in their passion and ability to develop players.


Robbie Campbell

Head Coach

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    Chief Sports Officer, Rookie Me.

    AFL Career at Hawthorn FC and Melbourne FC (2002-2011).

    AFL Premiership Player (Hawthorn FC; 2008) and VFL Premiership Player (Box Hill Hawks FC; 2001).

    VFL Premiership Assistant Coach (Williamstown FC; 2015).

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Callum Porter

Football and Leadership Coach

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    Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

    Box Hill Hawks FC, Co-Captain (VFL, Current).

    Western Bulldogs FC (AFL; 2018-2020).

    Coates Talent League Player and Captain (Gippsland Power FC; 2016-2017).


Scott Graham, PhD

Head of High-Performance

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    VFL High-Performance/Physical Preparation Manager (Werribee FC); 2019-2022).

    Netball Strength Coordinator (Collingwood FC; 2020).


Vanessa Issa

High-Performance Co-ordinator

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    High-Performance Manager (Coates Talent League: Oakleigh Chargers; 2019-2022).

    High-Performance Coordinator (U17 & U19 Vic Metro Girls Squad; 2021-2022).


Caitlin Sargent

Assistant Coach

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    Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

    VFLW Western Bulldogs FC (2023).

    AFLW Essendon FC (2021-2023). Coates Talent League Player (Western Jets FC; 2019-2022).

    Coates Talent League Premiership Player (Western Jets FC; 2022).


Cam Anderson

Assistant Coach

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    Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

    Coates Talent League Player (Bendigo Pioneers FC; 2018-2020).


Aaron Tsarouhas

Assistant Coach

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    Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

    VFL Player (Northern Bullants; 2022).

    Coates Talent League Player (Calder Cannons FC; 2021).

WAS $149.99



Includes GST.

Friday, 5 July, 2024

9:00am – 3:30pm

Grovedale College, 19 Wingarra Dr, Grovedale VIC 3216

Mixed gender event. Ages 7 – 15

Athlete Registration

Please fill in the details of the participant.


  • Where is the event located?

    The event will be held at Grovedale College, Grovedale VIC 3216 on Friday 5 July, 2024.

  • How long does the event go for?

    The event runs for a total of 6.5 hours - from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

  • How much is it?

    The Mid-year Mastery footy program is a once-off payment of $109.99 incl. GST.

  • What do I need to wear/bring

    We recommend bringing the following items:

    • Runners and football boots.
    • Water bottle, labelled with your name. Extra water/sport drink.
    • Spare change of training gear and a towel (in case of poor weather or recovery protocols).
    • Waterproof jacket, in case of rain.
    • Special medications; including asthma puffer/pump, and EpiPen if required.
    • Cap or hat.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Notepad and pen.
    • Lunch and snacks.
    • Mouthguard.
    • Hand sanitiser.
  • I don't meet the age requirements of this program. Am I still able to attend?

    Please contact the office via the Contact page to discuss this further, as there may be an option for athletes to still attend the event.

  • Is lunch included on the day?

    No, lunch is not included. We recommend bringing lunch and snacks with you.

  • Is there somewhere at the venue where I can purchase food?

    There is not a venue on site to purchase anything, and food will not be provided on the day of the event.

    We recommend that you bring any food or snacks to support you in the event.

  • I have dropped off my child at the event but am unable to pick them up. Can I nominate another parent or guardian to pick up my child on my behalf?

    Yes. It is critical that you let the Rookie Me staff know who you nominate to gather your child, as children will not be released to someone who has not been nominated.

    Please email and let us know who will be picking them up and their contact number.

  • Who is Rookie Me?

    Rookie Me is the Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL and the Official Coaching Technology Partner of the AFL. Providing a range of face to face products, and software solutions for community sport, Rookie Me have also recently partnered with prominent leagues and regions throughout Victoria and NSW to further solidify itself as the premier coach and player development provider in the market.

Limited Spots Available

Don't miss out – secure your spot at our Midyear Mastery event these school holidays.