Program Overview



The RM Pro Academy is about stepping up to the challenge on your journey to the top.

This is where the RM Coaches, target the most important phase of every developing footballer.

Athletes have advanced from RM Junior Academy or Auskick-level footballers, the responsibilities for their development now requires commitment from a RM Pro Academy athlete.

The classroom education advances; and the intensity of the skill and physical conditioning increases, as the year progresses.

Athletes will participate in age-relevant education, which focuses on the RM Academy subjects of:

High Performance

As a young developing footballer, it is crucial to understand the importance of believing in the knowledge, the athlete is in control of their journey... and no one else.

Your journey requires you to step up!


The RM Pro Academy is about stepping up to the challenge on your journey to the top.

This is where the RM Coaches, target the most important phase of every developing footballer.

Athletes have advanced from RM Junior Academy or Auskick-level footballers, the responsibilities for their development now requires commitment from a RM Pro Academy athlete.

The classroom education advances; and the intensity of the skill and physical conditioning increases, as the year progresses.

Athletes will participate in age-relevant education, which focuses on the RM Academy subjects of:

High Performance

As a young developing footballer, it is crucial to understand the importance of believing in the knowledge, the athlete is in control of their journey... and no one else.

Your journey requires you to step up!


The RM Pro Academy targets the most important phase of every developing footballer. Our coaching team are preparing our Pro athletes on what to expect on the road to being recognised. This stage of the RM Academy pathway will challenge athletes to step-up and fast-track their development, which includes exclusive opportunities and unique experiences, to further develop critical areas of skill, physical education and character development.


  1. Fundamental Skills

    Athletes learn the fundamental skills of the game, which includes:

    • Ball-handling.
    • Handballing.
    • Kicking.

    At all levels of football it is critical to develop and maintain a strong foundation for the important skills of the game.

    The RM Coaches instill the execution of these skills with great speed; and allow athletes to gain more accuracy of the fundamental skills, in game like situations.

    KEY activities:  FUN 550 and Kicking School

    Key Focus

    Executing the fundamental skills with speed to add pressure and simulate game intensity.

  2. Game Awareness

    RM Coaches progress with game sense education for RM Academy athletes, with a focus on game awareness and how, by moving the ball and by defending the ball, we can impact the entire team.

    Elements of focus include:

    • Mindset. Thinking ahead.
    • Skills needed.
    • Supporting our teammates.
    Positional Education

    As a modern-day footballer it is important to be flexible and learn multiple playing positions. The RM Academy athletes are introduced to the on-field positions in Australian rules football, throughout the program’s duration. This provides an in-depth review of what is required from each position on the field, from both a skill and physical aspect.

    Game Situation

    A variety of different games are designed for the athletes, which emphasises the education being taught in the RM Academy classroom and in the training sessions.

  3. The game of Australian rules football is a physical contest. Therefore; learning the proper techniques for some of the most common skills required, is of the highest importance for impact on a game. It is mainly to ensure the athlete’s ability to care for their wellbeing and that of others in a game situation.

    Key Focus:

    Embrace the COMBAT - Learn to love the battle
    • 1%ers – 2nd efforts, fending off, repeat efforts.
    • Tackling on angles.
    • Stripping the ball.
    • Hand to hand combat
  4. The experience of the RM Academy Coaches and AFL RM Ambassadors, spans from junior development level, through to AFL.

    Based on their extensive knowledge and expertise, they have designed specific drills and techniques, to meet the needs of our RM Academy athletes of all ages.

High Performance

  1. Straight line running

    The RM High Performance Coaches set up a conditioning base for the RM Academy athletes at this stage of their development, by focusing on developing a straight line running technique.

    As athletes mature, this consistent technique will put them in the best possible position (to build up) and train other fitness components successfully, such as change of direction, endurance and power.

    Skills conditioning

    In conjunction with the skills program, the RM High Performance coaches conduct a conditioning program, which aims to identify the required physical needs for the specific skills sessions.


    The RM Coaches will help identify routines, which already exist in athlete personal preparation; and assist with fine-tuning these routines, while creating additional routines for athletes to maximise their athletic performance.

  2. The Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL

    In January, we introduce the athletes to regulated physical combine testing, which is currently conducted at AFL and TAC Cup level.

    It is important to educate each athlete on the simple techniques of each physical test (testing metric); and give them an advantage on understanding the levels they need to reach.

    “I feel like I have a head start when it comes to testing. I am so well prepared and rehearsed, which is what recruiters look out for, thanks to the practice I have had at RM Academy combines and camps.”

    Callum Porter
    Current RM Elite Academy athlete (sixth year with the Academy); and
    Vice Captain for Gippsland Power FC (TAC Cup).

    RM Academy athletes have the additional opportunity to attend all RM combine testing events (public testing outside the RM Academy program), where they will be able to re-test throughout the year. Rookie Me is also the Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL; therefore, understanding the requirements and technique athletes require to obtain optimum results.

  3. A variety of recovery strategies are undertaken at the RM Academy level, which include:

    • Compression;
    • Self massage;
    • Stretching; and
    • Water-based recovery.

    *The team capitalise on regular opportunities, to educate athletes on the importance of recovery. Introducing a recovery-specific session midway through the program in each school holidays, will aim to increase the sentiment that a healthy mind/body may stem from a strong physical body.

  4. Fuelling to perform

    The RM Nutritionist introduces to the RM Academy athletes, at this stage of their development, the process of fuelling their bodies to perform. This involves revising pre and post game nutrition; and the impact right food choices may have on athlete energy levels.


  1. The team prioritises personal development and growth of self-worth, this is an important theme throughout the curriculum – providing the chance for every athlete in the Junior, Pro and Elite programs, to IGNITE their leadership qualities and impact the group.

    Learning to be a better leader can be difficult in some cases, it is about having an opportunity… to speak up and communicate, or the chance to answer a question, or work through a problem in a group. These scenarios help ignite leadership within athletes.

  2. Traits of a LEADER

    At this stage of the athletes development we focus on exploring the traits of a leader, and identifying people in our lives that live these traits. Reflecting on peers and leaders in your own life can be powerful, as you have clear representation close to home. People you can watch, the key behaviours and actions they display, and ask questions in person to keep developing yourself.

    These behaviours and actions are displayed regularly throughout the camps and will be a strong part of the RM year.

  3. Goal Setting

    Goal setting is designed to find moments of opportunity in our weekly schedule and help commit to small changes.

    Looking at areas such as:

    • On field.
    • Off field.
    • At home.
    • At school.
    • In the community.
    Youth Topics

    Throughout the RM Academy journey; each athlete is challenged, to step outside his or her comfort-zone – and listen to a range of guest speakers addressing issues, which young athletes may face, as they mature.

    The RM Coaches have selected topics, which will be prominent and relevant in their life. By addressing these topics, we aim to help equip our athletes with significant tools, both on-and-off the field.

    These topics include:

    • Dealing with adversity; and
    • Social media and protecting your brand.
    • Discrimination in sport; and
    • Choices and consequences.
    Buddy System

    Each RM Academy athlete will be paired with a fellow Academy teammate.

    The athletes are encouraged to form a relationship, where they communicate and support one another, through their own journey.


  1. Each camp is held at the highest quality facility, with the program targeting the private school system, where the facilities rival the standards of some AFL club environments.

    Past venues include:

    • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar (PEGS), Keilor East.
    • Camber well Grammar, Camberwell.
    • Wesley College, Glen Waverley.
    • Geelong College, Geelong.
    • Assumption College, Kilmore

    VFL venues:

    • Williamstown FC
    • Essendon FC
    • Frankston FC
    • Box Hill FC

    AFL venues:

    • Collingwood FC
    • Essendon FC
    • St Kilda FC
    • Hawthorn FC
    • Carlton FC
    • Western Bulldogs FC
  2. The athletes will experience a unique overnight camp, which will push them to step outside of their comfort zone. Setting up their year, with team and individual goals –building on teamwork and creating friendships. This always proves to be a favourite amongst athletes, as there are a few challenges thrown in along the way making it an exciting event!

  3. Listening to a current AFL player’s personal journey is a great learning experience, for any young athlete. They have the chance to understand what these mentors were doing at the same age (as the RM Academy athletes) in order to reach their goals.

  4. The carnival is the finale that pits each of the teams in the RM Academy, age specific, against each other in a final bid to win the house shield. This is where athletes present their skills and knowledge learned over the RM Academy program’s duration.

  5. Each athlete will have access to our coaches for advice and mentoring throughout the year. We are committed to impact every athlete, both on-and-off the field with constant communication and footy chat through the online Rookie Me System.

  6. Each athlete will create a player profile, containing his or her comparable data on the Rookie Me online system.

    The system allows RM Academy athletes to understand what realistic levels and benchmarks they need to reach; as growing and developing athletes, by having the ability to compare against fellow athletes of the same age, position and gender.

    Compare yourself against current AFL stars like Pendles (Scott Pendlebury), Matty Kreuzer and recent No.1 Draft Pick, Andrew McGrath, whose stats are already on the system!


  1. An introduction to the RM Pro Academy, where we will explore fundamental skill acquisition, leadership development, and AFL combine performance testing. This camp is designed to kick start the year ahead.

  2. In the interests of the health and safety of our community; and the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus, Rookie Me regrets to advise that we will be postponing our April RM Academy camps.

  3. Athletes will have access to train at the Hawthorn Football Club, where our HEROES develop their craft, we will watch the AFL team train, tour the venue and position ourselves in the environment of an AFL player.

    As it is in the middle of the season, athletes will focus heavily on GAME SENSE training, specifically the skills and physical requirements to play each position, and return for more fundamental repetition and Kicking School as we keep pushing to develop the key skills of the game.

    1 day will be spent at our RM HQ in Seaford, and 1 day spent at HFC.

  4. Celebration

    The final camp of the year gives us a chance to tie everything together from a big season of RM Academy. We keep everyone in age specific groups, and reflect on what we have learnt, look ahead to the off-season for things to watch out for and opportunities ahead, then bring it all together in a carnival to see what team comes out on top.

*The above dates are subject to change based on access to facilities and/or weather.

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  1. All events fall within the VIC school holiday period during January, April, July and September.

    Please scroll down to the Schedule on the Program page to see exact dates.

    Please note: Due to circumstances out of our control, dates are subject to change. If this occurs, all registrants will be informed in a timely-manner.

  2. No, all of our events are aimed to be conducted during the school holiday period (on the weekdays), to ensure there is as little interference with schooling and other sporting commitments as possible.

  3. All athletes nationwide are able to become involved in our Academy – our camps are currently located in VIC. The Academy currently hosts athletes from all around Australia.

  4. Please refer to the RM Academy website ( or the Contact page if you have any further enquiries. During office hours, we also have a Live Chat option on the RM Academy website.

  5. Please contact the office via the Contact page to discuss further, as there may be an option for athletes to still be part of our Academy depending on specific age groups.

  6. Signing up for the RM Academy is a commitment. We endeavour to provide detailed schedules in advance, to ensure any scheduling conflicts are solved ASAP.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any refunds or compensation for missed events; however, some of the online course material will be made available for athletes – and RM Academy athletes also have the option to call our coaches for a chat.

  7. Rookie Me is the Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL; in saying this we focus on the individual requirements of the athletes in our program and strive to provide the best opportunities that are available for all.

  8. At this stage, we have one official academy in Victoria. This academy is open to athletes nationwide to register.

  9. These academies are open to all athletes of varied skill levels.

    We request athletes who register for our programs are passionate, coachable and willing to further their football, physical and personal development.

  10. The cost per athlete is quoted on the website (based on the available age-specific program) – this covers the registrant for the duration of the 2019 RM Academy.

  11. Locations are dependant on the course-type and availability of facilities. Past RM Academy programs have been held at AFL Club grounds, VFL Club grounds, local club grounds and at our partner schools. Athletes will be notified on the finalised locations in a timely-manner, before each event via the Rookie Me System.

    Please note: while we strive to ensure locations are secured from an early date, they are subject to change based on availability and ground conditions to facilitate the requirements of the program.

  12. Registering for the RM Academy entitles one Rookie Me System subscription for the duration of the program, per Academy athlete.

    Registration guide on the RM Academy site:

    For new members of the Rookie Me System, please complete registration at using the email address provided for the athlete on the RM Academy site.
    After successful registration to the Rookie Me System, an invitation will appear after logging in to the Rookie Me System for the first time.

    For existing members of the Rookie Me System, an invitation will appear on the Rookie Me System after logging in for the first time since registering for the RM Academy.
    If you are having any issues with the above, please hit the chat button below or email

  13. In order for each athlete to receive an individual Rookie Me System athlete profile – each athlete must have their own unique email address.

  14. Payment is to be made via the website checkout – we accept MasterCard and Visa. If direct deposit is required, please contact the office via the Contact page.

  15. Please ensure you enter your promo code at the final step in the checkout.

  16. Please continue to the final step in the checkout process, there is an option to change your payment structure. At this point you are able to select a payment plan as an option. Please note that payment plans are not available for single-camp purchases.

  17. Your Rookie Me subscription will be extended for the duration of the Academy to your original subscription; therefore, you will not lose your current subscription.

  18. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to keep track of any upcoming promotions. If you have three or more sign-ups/registrations per family, please Contact our office.

  19. Our site is secured by industry-standard SSL 256 bit encryption. This ensures that any information passed between your computer and our website is completely secure and can't be read by anyone else.

  20. Each Athlete will be placed into their relevant RM Academy Community on the Rookie Me System. As part of this exclusive RM Academy Community, the athlete will be able to view all upcoming event information.

    It is vital for athletes to stay up-to-date, by regularly logging on to their athlete profile on the Rookie Me System.

  21. Overall the program is designed to fulfil a whole year of learning in an intensive based structure.

    RM Pro Academy athletes experience approximately 62 hours

    These hours are dedicated to our face-to-face camps (over our ten-month holiday program).

    Program hours (not accounted for):
    Online programs and education via our exclusive Club Room education portal (on our site); and 24/7 access to our coaches to seek advice and be mentored throughout the whole RM Academy duration.

  22. The payment plan has been designed to assist with payment – it is made up of eight separate payments.

    The payment plan schedule is as such:
    1. A standard $100 management fee is added to the order. This is a fixed fee, which does not alter based on how many athletes are to be registered. 
    2. Any discounts (from promo codes or site-wide promos) are deducted from the total.
    3. A payment of 30% of the total is made when placing the order (first payment).
    4. Equal monthly payments of the balance until September, which are charged on the same day per month (or the next business day, if not possible). This day/date will be communicated upon checkout.

  23. Please login to your account (please use the email address and password created in the Checkout process) and click Orders to see previous orders. 

    Click the View Order button next to the order you want to see, and you will be able to view the schedule of upcoming payments. 

    This page will then allow you to change your payment method, print previous Order receipts and/or force an early payment for scheduled payments.