Elite Summer Training Program

Registrations for the 2018 Elite Summer Training Program is NOW OPEN! A massive 310 players took part in the program in 2017, 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 Elite STP Junior Development Program (JDP) caters for players born 2009-2006
The Elite Senior Development Program (SDP) caters for players born 2005-2002

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

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 2018 Elite STP will be the 9th ‘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

Flyers will be posted shortly.

The 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15’, ’16’ & 2017 programs have included 1,666 talented junior footballers Tour and Train at 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 Legend Kevin Sheedy
– AFL Hall  Fame Member, Terry Wallace

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.
2009 – 2007 : 4:30pm – 6:00pm
2006 – 2002 : 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 400 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 & 17 programs, over 610 players completed this optional session.

This session is only $20.

Registrations open AFTER the commencement of the 2018 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 at the National AFL draft combine.
Results will also assist the DFS Strength and Conditioning coaches when completing each players Xmas training program.  Xmas training programs 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 (Former Hawthorn and Essendon FC Player)

BEN LENNON (prior to getting drafted to Richmond FC)

2018 Elite Development Programs



Elite Pre-Season Training Programs (PTP)

The Elite PTP is designed to have each player in peak condition before Round 1.
The 2018 Elite pTP will be held between February and April.

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)



To register for the 2018 Elite Summer Training Program, Register below. Places are strictly limited at each location so avoid disappointment by registering now.