Centre of Excellence

About Sturt

Nicknamed the “Double Blues”, Sturt is a semi professional Australian Rules Football Club that manages teams in the SANFL competition.
Founded in 1901, and situated in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, Sturt’s home ground is Unley Oval.
Sturt has won 15 League premierships and boasts one of the largest memberships and best match day attendances in the league.

Today, more than 120 years since inception Sturt Football Club’s young men and women continue to bring honour to the Double Blues, as they strive to become the best they can be in an increasingly competitive football landscape.

About Our Programs

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Sturt is one of eight SANFL foundation clubs. We take seriously our responsibility to provide a pathway for talented players to play Australian Rules Football at the highest level either in the AFL and/or SANFL competitions.

Our programs are for elite players and teach game style, conditioning, recovery, diet, nutrition, injury prevention, rehabilitation, video analysis and specialist skills. Our programs will identify players willing and able to undertake the rigors of Australian Rules Football that is played at the highest level.

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Sturt allocates considerable resources into its Centre of Excellence programs to ensure that a minimum of two players are drafted to the AFL and three players debut at SANFL level each year.

To identify participants the Club will call for the nomination of talented players aged 12-14 (boys) and 12-16 (girls) from our zone clubs and schools through the player’s coaches and or the SANFL appointed junior coordinators. These players are invited to attend testing sessions.

View Sturt Zone here.

At the conclusion of the testing a squad for each age group will be selected. These are called Development Squads. Under 16 and Under 18 players are referred to as Youth Squads and are generally players who have come through our Development Squad programs.

Sturt allocates considerable resources into its Centre of Excellence programs to ensure that a minimum of two players are drafted to the AFL and three players debut at SANFL level each year.

To identify participants the Club will call for the nomination of talented players aged 12-14 (boys) and 12-16 (girls) from our zone clubs and schools through the player’s coaches and or the SANFL appointed junior coordinators. These players are invited to attend testing sessions.

View Sturt Zone here.

At the conclusion of the testing a squad for each age group will be selected. These are called Development Squads. Under 16 and Under 18 players are referred to as Youth Squads and are generally players who have come through our Development Squad programs.

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Program Details

Youth Squads – U18 and U16 Boys
• Monday night (review/recovery)
• Tuesday night (main session)
• Thursday night (final session)

Development Squads – Boys (April – July):
Under 15
Under 14
Under 13

Development Squads – Girls (July – September)
Under 14
Under 16

*days and types of session are subject to venue availability and game scheduling.

Development and youth squad players are required to pay junior development fees per season. This fee includes specialised training and Club uniform. An invoice will be forwarded to each player’s parent(s). This fee must be paid prior to receiving uniform.

Squad Trial Price Squad Price
U18 Boys
U16 Boys
U15 Boys
U14 Boys
U13 Boys
U16 Girls
U14 Girls

What if my child has to miss a session due to illness, travel or other?

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Can I pay fees by in instalments?

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