Football - AFL & AFLW
The BHSSC AFL Academy began in 1996 and is acknowledged as one of the most successful AFL programs in the State. College football teams have successfully competed in SSV and Herald Sun competitions each year regularly winning or being runners-up in the championships.
Since the program's commencement, over 30 students have been drafted into AFL clubs including current players, Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), James Parsons (Geelong), and Tay Duman (Fremantle Dockers). Many students have also accomplished significant individual achievements including:-
- representation in Vic Metro U18 squads and WAFL teams;
- recipients of AIS scholarships
In 2018, a dedicated AFLW program commenced and to date, more than 30 female athletes have participated in this program. It is one of the fastest growing and most popular sport programs in the College. Past student, Tilly Lucas-Rodd (AFLW-Carlton) is currently playing in the AFLW competition and past student and current BHSSC AFLW coach, Penny Cula Reid, played for Collingwood in the first season of the AFLW competition.
The football program aims to assist elite junior football players by providing a training program which:-
- assists in improving their fitness and conditioning
- improves their technical skills through ball centred activites: and
- improves decision making skills and game strategies
Fitness and conditioning training is conducted onsite in the College's fully equipped gymnasium and all other footbal related training is conducted onsite &/or on nearby Council ovals.
Important community partnerships have been developed with the Collingwood Football Club, the AFL (Vic) Ltd, and the Oakleigh Chargers Football Club. These organisations provide coaches for the academy football teams as well as providing students with the opportunities to
- train and participate in leadership development programs conducted at the Collingwood Football Club;
- participate in pre-season training with the Oakleigh Chargers Football Club and the Collingwood VFLW team.
The school takes part in School Sport Victoria (SSV) competitions. The Senior AFL squad participates in the Premier League (SSV) which is the elite AFL competition within the SSV.
Head Coach AFL
Oakleigh Chargers TAC club Head Coach, Leigh Clarke, oversees the College football program. Leigh represented Oakleigh in 1995 and later played at local level. He was strength and conditioning coach as well as line coach at Oakleigh from 2010-15. In 2016 he was forward line coach at Richmond VFL. Leigh has a strong understanding of the life balance that is required to enable students to achieve.
Head Coach AFLW
Penny has been playing Australian Rules football for 24 years. She has played for Victoria and represented Australia in International Rules. After a decorated career with the St Kilda Sharks, Penny was drafted to Collingwood’s women’s side in the inaugural AFLW 2017 season.
Penny is currently the Senior Coach of the Collingwood VFLW side.
Assistant Coach AFL
BHSSC Head Strength and Conditioning coach (1996-present).
Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement . Accredited exercise physiologist. NSCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning coach. Chris was the Victorian AFL Metro Under 18 fitness advisor between 2001 to 2008. Previously, Chris was the fitness advisor for TAC clubs Eastern Ranges and Oakleigh Charges, VFL club Sandringham Zebras, The Victorian Under 17. Lacrosse team and the Victorian Cricket team.