• The team at Rookie Me have created a program that is brilliant for young kids who love AFL football. They are guaranteed a really fun experience while developing their skills in a very professional environment.

    Luke Darcy
    Luke Darcy
    Triple M Hot Breakfast, Media Personality and former Western Bulldogs FC player
  • The training drills we did broke down complex parts of AFL into simple drills that made it easy to understand and to put into practice. The program also assisted in understanding what is actually required to prepare for AFL footy… The biggest part of the program was the enjoyment that I had. I made some great mates… The coaches who ran the program, were great guys who engaged really well us and that made the experience all the more enjoyable.

    Jimmy Toumpas
    Jimmy Toumpas
    Port Adelaide FC player
  • The Rookie Me football programs and testing events provide a great opportunity for young people (boys and girls) to see and feel what it takes to be an elite footballer both on and off the field. I am a big believer in the fact that anyone can learn how to kick, mark and handball. The real advantages in football and in life come from insights in to hard work, leadership, respect, discipline and building relationships. Anyone who wants to be the best that they can be should consider doing a Rookie Me football program. The high quality, experienced coaches will teach you how to run, kick, mark and handball but more importantly you will gain a more holistic understanding of what it takes to be an elite footballer.

    Daisy Pearce
    Daisy Pearce
    Melbourne FC Women's Team Captain and AFL Ambassador
  • Rookie Me assisted me with my early understanding of what's required to prepare for AFL. It also taught me about skill development and how to self assess my skills to keep improving. Along with that it helped me with building relationships.

    Clayton Oliver
    Clayton Oliver
    2015 No. 4 Draft Pick, Melbourne FC
  • Rookie Me taught me from a young age, what is required to play at the elite AFL level… It taught me how important it was to continually keep assessing and improving my skills, as I’m playing AFL and still doing these things on a regular basis throughout the week so I can stay ahead of my opposition and keep improving as a player… Making new friends, encouraging one another and working as a team is essential to help everyone enjoy themselves and to succeed which is a key thing I learnt whilst attending Rookie Me…

    Darcy Gardiner
    Darcy Gardiner
    Brisbane Lions FC player
  • Rookie me assisted with my early understanding of what was required to take my footy to the next level. It taught me about skill development and how to self assess my skills to keep improving. Enjoyment is needed whilst learning and Rookie Me definitely provided both aspects. Throughout my time with Rookie me I was able to make many new friends, which I still have today and improve my team work skills.

    Rookie me was able to provide me with the best possible staff who had experienced the game at the highest level. Their knowledge and experiences had helped me turn into a better player and person. Growing up I was lucky enough to be a part of the rookie me experience. The program taught me a lot about myself and the work required to get to that next level of peak performance. The elite coaches who were greats of the game were able to give me knowledge that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. It was a leap in the right direction for me to get to where I am now.

    Joshua Schache
    Joshua Schache
    2015 No.2 Draft Pick, Brisbane Lions FC
  • The Rookie Me football program is something that all parents should consider for their son or daughter, it’s a terrific insight into what’s required from an individual wanting to improve themselves on and off the field. My two sons have attended and benefited greatly from experienced coaches running this program. I’ve been heavily involved in footy all my life and can’t emphasise the importance of teaching young aspiring footballers, the early lessons to achieve the highest possible level they can through quality teaching.

    Eddie McGuire
    Eddie McGuire
    Collingwood FC President and AFL Commentator or Sports & Media Identity
  • Rookie Me helped me reach new levels in my football ability and also helped me develop my skill range to a whole different variety. Rookie Me is a big part of how I developed my football and where I am today.

    Rhys Mathieson
    Rhys Mathieson
    2015 No.39 Draft Pick, Brisbane Lions FC
  • I was fortunate enough to take part in one of the founding Rookie Me camps… which gave me experiences and skills I have utilised in my first year of AFL football. I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses through skill and fitness testing.

    Jacob Weitering
    Jacob Weitering
    2015 No.1 Draft pick, Carlton FC
  • My son is currently attending the Rookie Me Pro Academy program, which I personally feel is a fantastic program. I would highly recommend the Academy, as I believe it provides teachings of the game at a high level. The drills and knowledge provided at the camps are of an AFL standard. My son has built great friendships with like-minded athletes who are on the same developmental path. The Rookie Me Academy holistic and personable approach to athlete development is highly impressive

    Gerard Murphy
    Gerard Murphy
    Leadership Consultant (Geelong FC & Richmond FC)
  • Great concept, great program and a great team behind the scenes making the program such a success.

    Mal Darke
    Mal Darke
    President of Mt Evelyn Junior Football Club (MEJFC)
  • I would like to thank you all for the experience you have given my son to participate in this Elite programme.  My son has got so much out of the 1st camp and is very excited and looking forward to the others.
    My husband and I found, after the first camp that he came back a different person.  He was more confident and seemed to take on more responsibilities with his home/school life and sport. He is more focused on what he wants to achieve and that is thanks to Rookie me.  He described it as “Absolutely inspirational “and something he will never forget.  You taught him the importance of goal setting and responsibility, which are tools he will need for the future.
    I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is interested in perusing their sport of choice.

    Claudia Perna
    Claudia Perna
    Academy Parent
  • My son... attended your program last week and said that he had a blast. From u'9 to u'12, he was probably one of the worst players in his team. Last year at u'13, he became a football machine and came runner up best and fairest. This year, he has the top prize in his sights and wants to help bring his team a flag. With your program, these things looks possible. Hopefully, he will be a north melbourne star one day...thanks guys

    Jason Stoneham
    Jason Stoneham
    Academy Parent
  • My Sons in his 5th year of Draftstar/Rookie Me… you don’t just make better footballers you make them better people, and give them such positive role models, can’t thank you enough!

    Francene Bourke
    Francene Bourke
    Academy Parent
  • Such a fantastic program! After my son completed the 2015 program & learning so much he recently smashed his PB beep test score of 7.8 to 11.1. Thanks to the fantastic team.

    Christabel Migliorini
    Christabel Migliorini
    Academy Parent