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

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Wed, 28th June, 2023

  9 - 12y:   7:30am - 1:30pm
13 - 15y:   9:30am - 3:30pm
16 - 18y:   9:30am - 3:30pm

Grovedale College
Grovedale VIC 3216

$149.99 including GST

About The Program

It's the middle of winter – it's cold, it's tough, and your season setbacks will test both your character, and your work ethic.

At the Mid-Year Mastery footy program, we will ensure the hard work you have put in so far will not go to waste, and we will combat the grind of the season by adding variety to your training, covering all three phases of the Game: Attacking, Defending and Contesting activities.

We will also cover our program trademarks: High Performance, Leadership and Fundamental Skills.

Session Schedule

Players will rotate through various stations that cover different areas and moments of the game. Players will also have to opportunity to showcase their talent during full AFL Game Play!

MYM buzz skills


Buzz Skills
Gain over 500 touches of the football during this high energy session, this session will improve ball handling on game day.
MYM kicking school


Kicking School
Kicking is the most important skill in AFL Football. Kicking school will allow you to master your kicking to maximise your impact on game day.
MYM body brain


Body + Brain
Body and Brain Activities will alllow you to switch on physically and mentally before games and trainings, to allow you to impact from the very first bounce.
MYM agility

High Performance

Art of Agility
Change of Direction are imperative to your on field success. Use this session to improve your athleticism, and evade your opposition to break away from the contest.
MYM attack


Attack by Outnumber
During 'The Attacking Phase' your team has the football, how can we Attack The Game? Players will explore the concept of Using The Outnumber to score effectively on offence.
MYM contested


Winning the ball
During 'The Contesting Phase' the football is in dispute, who is going to win it - you or the opposition? Players will explore how to Outhunt the opposition and increase possessions.
MYM defence


Pressure Defence
During 'The Defending Phase' the opposition has the football, how can we get it back? Players will explore Pressure Defence to tackle correctly and become a high pressure player.
MYM games


Small + full sided Games
Small and full-sided Games bring the whole program together, they encourage sportsmanship, competition, and allow players to do what they do best, play footy!

Session Structure

The Four Quarters Education is a session structure, which allows for progressive training.

The structure empowers players to efficiently transfer from simple to more complex skills or strategies, during a training session – enabling the player to enhance their game sense and skill development.

Q1 v4


Quarter One 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 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 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.


Quarter Four 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, Rookie Me Academy.

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)

Callum Porter

Football and Leadership Coach, Rookie Me Academy.

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, Rookie Me.

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

Netball Strength Coordinator (Collingwood FC; 2020).

Vanessa Issa

High-Performance Coordinator, Rookie Me.

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, Rookie Me Academy.

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, Rookie Me Academy.

Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

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

Aaron Tsarouhas

Assistant Coach, Rookie Me Academy.

Former Rookie Me Academy athlete.

VFL Player (Northern Bullants; 2022).

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

Limited Spots Available

Don't miss out – secure your spot at our Mid-year Mastery footy program these school holidays.


  • Where is the event located?

    The event will be held at Grovedale College, Grovedale VIC 3216 on Wednesday, 28th June, 2023.

  • How much is it?

    The Mid-year Mastery footy program is a once-off payment of $149.99 incl. GST. The event duration is 6 hours.

  • 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.