The Timbarra College P-9 Sports Academy offers our students in Years 5 -9 a unique opportunity to participate in a specialised sporting program focused upon strength, conditioning, training and match play. The program teaches students the skills required to be a lifelong athlete.

The Program

Students selected into the Timbarra College P-9 Sports Academy will train within their chosen sport for 90 minutes each Wednesday afternoon by an external Head Coach and assisted by Timbarra PE staff. Students will also be required to attend two lunchtime fitness sessions a week run by a sports science team, Iron Tribe. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in matches amongst other schools within the South-East region. The following disciplines are offered:

  • AFL (Years 7-9)
  • Soccer (Years 5-9)
  • Basketball (Years 5-9)
  • Netball (Years 5-9)
  • Martial Arts(Years 5 & 6)


  • High performance conditioning, skill training and match play
  • Develop advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of the sport
  • Promote and enhance self-discipline, goal setting, time management and leadership through participation and team experiences

Iron Tribe

Strength and Conditioning Training

Iron Tribe will provide a professionally structured high performance program aimed at developing body awareness and body control, reducing susceptibility to injury and improving overall sporting performance. The key focus areas are to teach proper running mechanics, jumping mechanics, landing mechanics, muscle activation techniques and educate our students on how to look after their bodies to prolong playing careers well into their adulthood.

AFL Academy

Dean Rice- Head Coach

Dean Rice was a mainstay of the Blues’ 1995 Premiership team and a real asset to the club throughout his 118 games. He also played 116 games at St Kilda. He has held many senior coaching positions as well as holding a number of senior positions with AFL Victoria in junior development, training and education. Dean was the football development manager in the AFL Yarra Ranges and the AFL South East football development manager. Dean is currently an assistant coach for the Swans AFLW team.

Basketball Academy

Nick Mihai- Head Coach

Nick has played and coached basketball for 25 years and is currently working across Basketball Victoria and Casey Basketball Association in a dual-role. He works as a full-time coach for Casey and continues to develop the junior stars of his home region.

Soccer Academy

Lou Kastner- Head Coach

Lou has an extremely vast experience as a player and coach. He holds a United European Football Association B Coaching Qualification and an Australian B License coaching qualification. He has held various coaching roles from Melbourne Victory Goalkeeping Coach to Victorian State under 16 Team Coach. Some of the players he has developed include: Vince Grella, Simon Colosimo, and Kevin Muskat.

Martial Arts Academy

Tom Andrews- Head Coach

For over a decade Tom has been actively involved in Martial Arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts. He has coaching experience at Evolve Dojo and 7 Elements Mixed Martial Arts. He is currently a member of Team Sparta under Vik Grujic. Tom is an active Mixed Martial Arts competitor. He currently holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt.

Netball Academy

Sara Duncan- Head Coach

Sara Duncan has played Division 1 VNL Netball with Peninsula waves for 11 years. Sara has been coaching Netball for 15 years and is currently working through her intermediate level Netball accreditation. She is the current coach of the B grade team for Tooradin Netball club.

Sports Academy Expression of Interest Form

Selection into the Sport Academy

All students enrolling into the Sport Academy at Timbarra P-9 College will be required to complete a trial lead by the Academy coaches. The trial process occurs in the later months of the year.

Expectations and requirements to remain in the Sport Academy Program

  • Uphold Timbarra’s core values of learning resilience, persistence, respect and getting along.
  • Remain committed to participating in both Iron Tribe and Academy training sessions.
  • Participate in all practice matches and games organised by the College.

Opting out of the Sport Program

The Sport Academy is a competitive program and students are expected to pursue this program throughout the academic year. A student wishing to opt out of the program will be asked to submit a letter, signed by a parent or guardian, stating his/her intentions to withdraw from the program and attend a parent/teacher exit interview.

Please note that all information provided within this form is used for the sole purpose of this expression of interest for the Timbarra P-9 College Year 7 Sport Academy.

Are you a member of a sporting club? Which club are you a member of? How long have you been playing for?

All students who are accepted into the Timbarra Sports Academy are required to partake in two compulsory lunchtime Iron Tribe fitness sessions. These sessions are targeted on improve student’s overall fitness and agility.