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Information about the program.

The Fountain Gate Rugby Academy is lucky to be affiliated with the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team. It is used to develop both male and female rugby players and introduce the students to all forms of Rugby Union as well as giving students qualifications in, First Aid, Sport and Recreation and coaching. Students are able to see behind the scenes of a professional sports team as well as compete in multiple tournaments. Many of our students have gone on to represent Victoria State and Australia.


The Academy offers a Certificate II in Sports and Recreation in Year 10 which includes a valid two year First Aid Qualification. In Year 9 students gain the ARU Smart Rugby Coaching Qualification. In Year 11 and 12, students complete the Certificate III in Sports and Recreation.

Structure and Outcomes

Students improve overall fitness, strength and rugby skills. The program is run closely with the Melbourne Rebels and Vic Rugby as well as an ongoing partnership with Iron Armour Academy which offers our students specialist training and mentoring. Students are provided with every opportunity to represent the state or gain entry to the Emerging Players Program run by the Melbourne Rebels (both males and females). Members of the Academy compete in multiple competitions throughout the year representing Fountain Gate Secondary College.

Year 9:

Mixture of five hours of practical and theory sessions over a fortnight. Focus on improving all round rugby skills as well as fitness and nutrition.

Year 10:

One single period focused on completing the Certificate II in Sports and Recreation and one to two practical periods focused on fitness, rugby skills and coaching per week.

Year 11:

The first year of the two year course in Certificate III Sports and Recreation. Eight hours per fortnight with focus on completing Unit 1 and 2 of the Cert III as well as improving rugby skills, strength and gym training.

Year 12:

Unit 3 and 4 and final (scored) year of Certificate III Sports and Recreation with a Rugby Union focus. Elite final level of the academy where pathways for the future are investigated. We have opportunities for work programs with the Melbourne Rebels after school due to our strong partnership with them.