Sunraysia Academy of Sport in partnership AFL Vic Country Sunraysia and AFL Next Generation Academy are pleased to offer a Service Delivery model program to the region to prepare those athletes undertaking the 2019/20 Bendigo Pioneers pre-season regime.

The 2019 program offers invited athletes with off-field sports science and athlete education sessions to complement any on-field training that each athlete is already undergoing with their local coach and the Pioneers training system. These sessions are of an elite standard and are lead by our fully qualified strength and conditioning coaches and educators.

To complement the strength & conditioning component of the program, Studio 73 Pilates and Yoga owner/instructor Alina De Maria will take the athletes through an 8 week Pilates Reformer block focusing on an alternate form of strength training through the core, hips, lower and upper body.

The Sunraysia Academy of Sport 2019 AFL program is proudly supported by AFL Victoria Country Sunraysia and AFL Richmond Next Generation Academy.

Target Group

Athletes within the 2019 Sunraysia Richmond Next Generation Academy male and female squads are talent identified by AFL VIC Country Sunraysia Football Development Manager, Trevor Ryan to participate in the program to kickstart their involvement with the Bendigo Pioneers 2019/20 pre-season training regime.

Sports Liaison Officer

Trevor Ryan – AFL VIC Country Sunraysia Football Development Officer

Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Damien Gibson – Wild Side Outdoors

Michael Fotheringham – Wild Side Outdoors

Alina De Maria – Studio 73 Pilates and Yoga


Please contact Maddy McManus for more information:

Maddy McManus
Manager of Programs
M: 0432 354 460


2019 AFL Program Information Sheet








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