Elite Summer Training Program

The Elite Summer Training Program for 2017 is now complete. 310 players took part in the program, with 250 of those taking part in the optional combine testing and 250 taking the field on Match Day.


The STP is split into two age-specific development programs, with players training in their very own, age-specific squad.

2017’s STP Locations

The STP Elite Junior Development Program (JDP) caters for players born 2009-2006
The STP Elite Senior Development Program (SDP) caters for players born 2005-2002

The STP also has a specific Youth Girls Program (YGP) which caters for all Youth Girls and Junior Girls, subject to numbers.

Utilising the most elite junior coaches with experience at inter-league, TAC, VFL, AFL and State representative football, the Elite STP is regarded as the peak development program within the industry.

Check out what parents and players are saying about the Elite STP



Elite STP Program details

Program Details

  • Train with other highly talented and committed players in a rewarding and intense elite environment
  • Access to AFL, VFL, TAC Cup and inter-league level coaches
  • Access to elite-level strength and conditioning staff that can tailor optional programs for your needs
  • Highly organised sessions using proven skills development drills and game sense activities
  • Specialist coaching visits from current AFL stars
  • Choice of 8 locations
  • Train in your own age-specific group
  • Train and tour at an AFL club
  • Online learning modules

The 2017 Elite STP will the 7th ‘off-season’ development program held by DFS.
Of the players who have participated in our programs;

– 566 have made their Inter-league representative squads
– 325 have trialed with TAC Cup development squads
– 42 have represented Victoria in the National Championships

Click below to view the Elite STP flyer for both the JDP and the SDP.
Junior Development Program STP Flyer
Senior Development Program STP Flyer

The 2012, ’13, ’14, & ’15 & 2016 programs saw 1,360 talented junior footballers train on and tour the home bases of the following AFL clubs;

  • Collingwood
  • Essendon
  • Hawthorn
  • North Melbourne
  • Western Bulldogs.

In the previous 4 years players and their families have been treated to key note speaking appearances from;

– Current St.Kilda Coach, Alan Richardson
– Current Gold Coast Coach, Rodney Eade
– Port Adelaide Premiership Coach, Mark “Chocco” Williams.
– AFL Hall of Fame Member, Kevin Sheedy

For further details about our next program stay tuned to our Facebook page.

Elite STP Planner: Times

Plan your holidays well in advance and avoid any clashes with your Elite STP training sessions.  If you do miss a session, don’t stress… You can complete a ‘make-up’ session at any other venue.

Training times.  We anticipate that every venue will have the below training times.
In the case of any variations, we will contact each venue participant to inform them.
2008 – 2005 : 4:30pm – 6:00pm
2004 – 2001 : 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Youth/Junior Girls : 6:15pm – 7:45pm


Video Kicking Analysis

Video Kicking Analysis
This is a dual angle video camera analysis of your kicking action, completed by the DFS Director of Coaching, Adrian ‘Tala’ Talarico. Tala has completed over 800 DFS kicking analysis videos!  The video link will be emailed directly to you, allowing you to access it anytime.  You will also receive exclusive access to the DFS AFL player ‘model kicks’, to help you understand the exact areas that Tala mentions during your kicking analysis.

Only $50 per analysis.

Xmas Training Program

Individualised Xmas Training Program
This is an individual program designed for you by our Strength & Conditioning ‘gurus’, based from the results you achieve during the AFL Draft Combine Testing. Our ‘gurus’ have written over 350 Xmas training programs, specifically for DFS players. The program will focus on specific areas you want to develop, improve or maintain.
It includes a 6-week program, detailing week-to-week, day-to-day activities for you to perform during the Xmas break.

Each program is $75.
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STP Strength and Conditioning Melbourne Cup Week
During this year’s STP, players will have the opportunity to register for a range of optional Strength and Conditioning programs.

S’n’C session (Elite STP, Melbourne Cup week)
This is a 90 minute Strength and Conditioning session, at each of the STP locations. Sessions will be held during Melbourne Cup week (Nov 3rd – 7th), as there is NO skills training during this week.  Our S’n’C gurus have designed this program, which will focus on the physical attributes required to play at the elite level.
During the 2013, ’14, ’15 & ’16 programs, over 560 players completed this optional session.

This session is only $20.

Registrations open AFTER the commencement of the 2017 Elite STP.

Elite STP Draft Combine Athletic Testing
Each players is eligible for 1 testing session at a venue of their choice. THere is no extra charge for this as this is inclusive in the Elite STP registration fee.
This session gives players a chance to complete the same AFL Combine testing that are performed by AFL draft hopefuls as the National AFL draft combine.
Results will also assist the DFS Strength and Conditioning advisors when completing each players Xmas training program.  Xmas training program are an optional extra for players. (Please click on the ‘Xmas Training Programs for full details).

AFL players talking about the DFS STP

SAM GRIMLEY (Current Essendon FC, ex-Hawthorn FC)

BEN LENNON (prior to getting drafted to Richmond FC)

2017 Elite Development Programs


Elite Pre-Season Training Programs (PTP)

The Elite PTP is designed to have each player in peak condition before Round 1.
Held between February and April each year, Elite STP players will receive a % off the cost to the 2018 Elite PTP.

The PTP includes:

  • 4 x 2hr training sessions, incorporating Game Sense and body on body training, specific strength & conditioning and open skills training.
  • 1 x AFL draft testing session. (Held during the 1st Term School Holidays)
  • 1 x Match Day Finale. (Held during the 1st Term School Holidays)

Elite Academy Sessions
These sessions are held during April and July school holidays. The April session is a match against other DFS Elite program players. The July session is a choice from 2 x 3hr Skills sessions, delivered by an AFL player and our Elite DFS coaches.

Elite Camp
Players who complete the 2017 Elite STP are automatically eligible for selection the 2018 Elite Camp, where you will have the honour of representing Victoria in state matches against the Western Australia powerhouse, Peel Thunder.. This State Carnival has been held for the past 3 years. Plans are in place to invite another State to the 2018 Carnival.
Elite Camps are always an enormous success both on and off the field, with 100% of players reporting that their football improved as a result of the program (results via anonymous survey).

To register your interest in 2018’s Elite STP, please complete the form below.