St John's Football Program

The St John’s Football Program is aimed at providing an integrated academic pathway driven by young students sporting aspirations. This program allows young student athletes to enhance and develop their sporting talent while concurrently receiving their education. The program is offered to internal students who are enrolled with St John’s Regional College. 

We aim to provide holistic care for the well-being of all students, and to constantly monitor academic performance and achievement. 

We are confident that we have created a unique high quality specialised football programs that allows student to reach their full potential through a variety of program streams.

We as a program embrace challenge, innovation, change and developing the whole child.


The St John's Football is for students from Year 7 onwards. You can book your position in the program by completing an enrolment form. To be part of the St John's Football Program you must be a St John's Regional College Student

Training consists of specialized football practices both indoor and outdoor. Training sessions are designed to help students develop as individuals and as a team. Training provides students with a variety of learning opportunities including technical, tactical, physical and psychological training.  

All training is held at St John's Regional College. Training can take place on the synthetic pitch, in the gymnasium, in the weights room or in the theatre or classroom. 

Football is an all-weather sport and when it rains training will continue. Training will only be cancelled if there is severe weather that risks the safety and wellbeing of participants. In these cases training is likely to move indoors or cancelled. 


School holiday training will be offered to all participants in the St John's Football Program and further information will be provided to all parents.

Additional Private lessons are available for students who are interested and can contact the Director of Football Ljuban Palinic 

All students will be required to bring their football training uniform to school.

Children are welcome to join the program at any time. 


The main difference between the Part time Academy and the additional opt in sessions is the number of contacts and training sessions your child is involved in with our coaches. The part time program offers 6 sessions per fortnight whereas the opt in session offers an additional double period and gym session per week.

The program will offer friendly games on occasions + tournaments that are available and approved by the school. All St John's Academy students will be encouraged to join a club program after hours. The current program is in Partnership with NPL club Dandenong City SC.

Year 7-9 Academy Program

$ 300 Per Year (Inclusive of Uniform)
  • +2 Additional training sessions per week including 1 double period + Gym $200

    Total Cost $500 for students taking up the optional extras

Year 10-11 Academy Program

VET Sport and Recreation
$ 350 Per Year (Inclusive of Uniform)
  • +2 Additional training sessions per week including 1 double period + Gym $200

    Total Cost $550 for students taking up the optional extras

Progam Includes

  • Professional football training 
  • Training all year round on a synthetic pitch and indoor futsal surfaces
  • Training gear (top, shorts, socks, jacket)
  • Working with highly qualified and enthusiastic professional coaches
  • Special appearances from previous and current A League players & coaches
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Working in a secure and safe environment with like-minder student athletes 

Coaching Staff

Ljuban Palinic

Director of Football

Dave Oulton

Head of Football

John Loonstra

Football Coordinator