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DFS Launches New E-Learning Football Program

DFS has launched a new e-Learning Australian Rules Football development program to the DFS community.

DFS Online Footy Academy programs are designed to provide flexibility to learn when, where and how you want. Whether you are a rookie or an experienced player, pick the footy skill & level to suit your needs.

DFS Co-Founder & Director, Adrian Talarico, is excited to be able to provide the revolutionary online footy skills platform to its members.

“We’re thrilled with this new venture and being able to provide an interactive online experience. This will now allow us to offer our industry-leading development programs to even more players, coaches, clubs and leagues around Australia.”

DFS Launches Next Generation Academy

On Monday, July 24, DFS launched the AFL’s ‘Next Generation Academy’ for partner club North Melbourne FC.

The DFS NGA coaches

135 junior players were put through their paces by the DFS Head Coaches, who were assisted by AFLVictoria TAC and AFLVictoria Inter-league Representative coaches.

The weekly 13 session elite development program will be held at Werribee (Galvin Park) and North Melbourne (Arden St Oval).

DFS Director of Coaching, Adrian Talarico, was impressed with the effort and attitude of the NGA players. “They showed a great interest in wanting to learn new skills. They displayed a healthy respect towards their new team-mates and the coaching staff in general. This was a great first session and has layed the foundation for a top-grade junior development program.”

Last year the NMFC (DFS) NGA was noted as the most professional and well designed program. This year is shaping up to be just as good …. if not better.

Elite Senior Camp vs Peel Thunder

The DFS Elite Senior Camp squad took on the Peel Thunder from WA on July 7.

DFS’s Jason Pannam sends the ball forward

Coach Jarrad Carey was extremely proud of the DFS team, which had come together and produced good footy from just six sessions.

The players in the DFS squad got a first-hand look at an elite development program with close AFL ties, and how professional the Peel squad was on arrival, in game and after the match.

Peel Thunder coach Mark Pink named the DFS captain Dylan Allen as one of the best players on the ground, and Allen was delighted with his side’s effort.

“It was good, they just outmatched us today because they’ve spent all their time together,” Allen said.

“We bonded well as a team for the amount of time we had together.” 

However, he found the quality and speed of the footy was a bit of an eye-opener.

“It was good for a bit of a challenge, really quality footy. It was a bit of a step up to what I’m used to. It’s much harder competition so you’ve got to be quicker with your decisions.”

See all the photos from the match at Parade College on the DFS Facebook page here.
To see a list of the players, a copy of the match critic can be downloaded by clicking here.

Team Development Program – Caulfield Bears

The Dynamic Footy Skills Team Development Program rolled on to Caulfield in Melbourne’s southern suburbs.

The Caulfield Bears Football Club has signed a special agreement with DFS, where DFS provide a coaching session each Saturday for ten weeks.

DFS’s Director of Coaching Simon Corlett sees it as a great opportunity to spread DFS specialist coaching into a new suburb, to locations that might generally miss out on a Master Class or are struggling to get enough coaches. 

“The Team Development Program is about helping out clubs who need some extra hands or experience in coaching the next generation of players,” said Corlett.

“The Bears have been so hospitable and we love coming down here and helping out the club.”

Elite Senior Camp 2017

One of the more advanced programs that Dynamic Footy Skills offers is the Elite Senior Camp.

The Elite Senior Camp is an amazing opportunity for talented players to be mentored by high-level coaches and come up against strong opposition.

This year, the DFS squad will play a one-off match against Peel Thunder from Mandurah, Western Australia.

Peel Thunder is the WAFL affiliate side for the Fremantle Football Club in the AFL and so has access to a wide range of skilled players and coaches.

The DFS squad is well led by two experienced coaches in Jarrad Carey and Darren Eldrett, who have both been with DFS for over five years.

Carey in currently the coach of the Eastern Districts Football League representative side and in the past has worked with players of high calibre such as Marcus Bontempelli and Scott Pendlebury.

Carey will take the title of senior coach, and is extremely excited for the challenge ahead.

“I am more excited for this year’s Elite Senior Camp than I have been about footy programs for many years,” Carey said.

“It’s a really good opportunity for kids to come up against an elite pathway team like Peel Thunder. I’m very confident they’ll get a lot out of it.”

While results are important, Carey believes the DFS coaches have a bigger responsibility than to just focus on ‘getting the win’.

“We’re very big on educating the players and trying to get them to adjust to elite behaviours and expectations. So we treat this like we would an interleague side or a TAC Cup side.”

“With Daz (Darren Eldrett) being the coach of an NFL rep team and myself being the coach of an EDFL rep team, we’ve got a really good balance there and we work well off each other.”

The DFS Elite Senior Camp squad will play the Peel Thunder Development squad on Friday July 7.

DFS & North Melbourne FC

In 2016 Dynamic Footy Skills was appointed the Official Partner of the Next Generation Academy (Victoria) of the North Melbourne Football Club. DFS had the responsibility of designing and delivering the NMFC development program to boys and girls aged 11-15 in the NMFC zone.

Following the success the 2016 program NMFC extended in 2017 version and DFS were again contracted to design the trial matches and 13 week development program for 160 players across two venues.

DFS Director of Operations Simon Corlett said the association with the AFL club was invaluable experience for coaches and players alike.

“To be able to design and deliver an industry leading program for the NMFC was a fantastic achievement and a real credit to all the DFS coaches.”

Dynamic Footy Skills were the first private organisation to be contracted by an AFL club to design and deliver the AFL funded Next Generation Academy program.

For North Melbourne’s press release on the partnership, click here.

Group ShotFooty on ground

Tala Talking



DFS players getting things done

It’s been a big few months for many DFS players, with dozens representing their leagues in rep games, several being chosen to represent Victoria in the School Sport Australia champs later this year, and one young superstar making the 2016 World Team. We congratulate all players and look forward to seeing you all back for the 2016 Elite Summer Training Program.


Perhaps the most impressive achievement comes from Marlyn Staunton, who was selected for the 2016 World Team following outstanding performances at the 2016 AFL National Diversity Championships. Marlyn (pictured at bottom of page with Hamish McIntosh) was a standout at our Elite Summer Training Program and continued that form into his local season before captaining the Victorian Diversity team to the Grand Final.

The former Gaelic footballer, who moved to Australia from Ireland only two years ago, will head to the Gold Coast in July to represent the World Under-16 team in the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships.


Four young men who have participated in DFS programs will fly the flag for Victoria in Maroochydore next month. Dane Harvey and Carlos Harvey have been selected in the School Sport Victoria Australian Football 12 Years and Under Team, while Lucas Perry and Ned Cahill will both play in the 15 years and Under Team.


Dozens of DFS players have represented their leagues in representative matches around Victoria in recent weeks, with more than a few DFS coaches also participating.

The 2016 AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships are the pinnacle of representative footy for many young superstars, and we were super proud of all DFS players who took part. A special shout-out to Seb Fernandez and Sam House, who were appointed vice captain for the Eastern Football League and Northern Football League respectively. Both boys have already committed to the upcoming Elite Senior Camp over the upcoming holidays. Three DFS coaches (JC, Dazz and Joel) were head coaches during the champs, with Pottsy, Bails and Kieran also having significant roles.

The AFL Victoria Dandenong 2016 Junior Carnival was held over the past week, with many familiar DFS faces running out for their respective leagues. Players such as Hugo Nosiara, Cade Tauber, Zac Holton, Ethan Mills and Luca Goonan have been regular faces at many DFS programs such as the Elite Senior Camp, School Holiday Program and Elite Summer Training Program.


hamish with marlyn

School Holiday Footy Feast

DFS is super excited to offer 3 awesome programs for players of all ages and abilities these school holidays. The Elite Senior Camp, Footy Holiday Program and Academy Session cater for boys and girls of all ages and abilities, with an enormous focus on development and fun.



Open to players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002

Want to play a state match on an AFL club ground?
Keen to get some top-level tips from a couple of AFL stars?
Think you would benefit from intimate mentoring by elite junior coaches?

If you are dedicated and keen to learn, the Elite Senior Camp could be the perfect way to develop your footy during these coming holidays.

Note: also includes 2 x Academy Sessions

More details CLICK HERE



Open to players born in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

The most popular, and fun, footy holiday program in Victoria.

• 10 locations around Melbourne
• AFL Footy Player Appearance – CONFIRMED
• AFL Footy Activities All Day – CONFIRMED
• AFL Footy Given To All Players – CONFIRMED

More details CLICK HERE



Open to players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002

• Sessions designed by TAC Cup Academy Manager to develop your elite behaviours
• Guest coaching from AFL players such as Luke McDonald, Taylor Duryea and Ben Reid.
• Intimate mentoring from elite junior coaches currently involved in TAC Cup and Junior Interleague.

More details CLICK HERE

Footy fest these holidays

DFS is super excited to offer 3 awesome programs for players of all ages these school holidays. The Elite Junior Camp, Footy Holiday Program and Academy Session cater for boys and girls of all ages and abilities, with an enormous focus on development and fun.


Open to players born in 2003, 2004 and 2005

• April 6 – match at Bulleen Park
• April 7 – training session at Bulleen Park, bus provided to and from city where players will watch AFL training, hear from guest speakers and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of MCG & Sports Museum
• April 8 – match at North Melbourne FC
• All players receive their own DFS training top and DFS Hoody

More details CLICK HERE


Open to players born in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

• 5 locations around Melbourne
• AFL Footy Player Appearance – CONFIRMED
• AFL Footy Activities All Day – CONFIRMED
• AFL Footy Given To All Players – CONFIRMED

More details CLICK HERE


Open to players born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002

• April 8 at North Melbourne FC and Australian Rules Football College

• Exclusive opportunity to be mentored by Hawks premiership player & former Carlton Development Coach Michael Osborne, who will coach the session along with TAC Cup Academy Manager Brett Potter

More details CLICK HERE

Elite coaches and the Elite PTP

The Elite Pre-Season Training Program has quickly earned a reputation as the ideal preparation for junior footballers as they head into their local season. With an intense focus on game sense training and strength and conditioning, the 6 sessions will accelerate your decision-making and improve your fitness in all of the important areas that relate to Aussie Rules Football.

The head coaches of the program possess enormous experience across many levels of football, and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and passion with participants. If you want to “get the edge” for the 2016 season, look no further than the Elite Pre-Season Training Program, and be mentored by the following head coaches;

Adrian Talarico

The Director of Coaching at DFS, ‘Tala’ has coached and mentored many players who are now enjoying successful AFL careers. A former premiership player with TAC Cup club Northern Knights, Tala turned his focus to coaching during his playing career and for more than ten years has coached a variety of teams who compete in the AFL Victoria Junior Metropolitan Championships. During that time, Tala has also served as an Academy Coach at both the Calder Cannons and Northern Knights, where he was the Head of Football Development

tala coaching.

Brett Potter

The Head of Coaching at DFS, ‘Pottsy’ is one of the most sought after junior development coaches in the country. As well as being a Talent Identification Officer at the Carlton Football Club, Pottsy also acts as the Representative Manager at the Northern Football League and holds a key position at TAC Cup level. Like Tala, Pottsy has been intimately involved with many talented junior stars who are now carving out a career at the highest level.

kicking - pottsy teaching

Jarrad Carey

An experienced sports manager who is passionate about coaching and junior development, “JC” is the full-time General Manager for DFS.  The current head coach of the Under 14 rep side at the Essendon District Football League, JC developed his hunger for footy mentoring during his 7 years at the Collingwood Football Club, where he was employed full time in roles relating to Opposition Analysis and Player Recruitment. JC lists former colleagues Mick Malthouse, Guy McKenna, Brad Scott and Alan Richardson as the greatest influences on his coaching beliefs.

jc coaching

Adam Veli

‘Adz’, who has completed his Masters in Exercise Science in recent months, will design and manage all fitness components of the Elite PTP in 2016. The Masters in Exercise Science complements the degree in Sport and Exercise Science that he already has. In addition to the Head of Strength and Conditioning role at DFS, Adz will work with the Coburg Football Club in the VFL in 2016 in the strength and conditioning department.



For more information, please CLICK HERE