St John's Sports Academy 2025

St John’s Sports Academy offers specialised football  and basketball programs for girls and boys. Tailored to young students’ sporting aspirations, the academy provides an integrated academic pathway for student-athletes to develop their athletic skills while pursuing their education. Programs are available to enroled students and are delivered in partnership with qualified coaches.

Our academy prioritizes the holistic care and well-being of all students, closely monitoring both their academic and athletic achievements. We are proud to offer high-quality, specialized sports programs that enable students to reach their full potential through a variety of focused program streams.

Preference for Enrolment:

In 2025, preference for students entering St John’s Sports Academy will be given to those who are actively competing with sporting clubs in basketball or football each weekend. This ensures that our student-athletes are committed to their sport and are continuously honing their skills in a competitive environment.


The St John's Sports Academy 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 Sports Academy you must be a St John's Regional College Student

Training consists of specialised football and basketball 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 and Basketball are 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. 

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 Sports Academy training uniform to school.

Children are welcome to join the program at any time if spaces are available in the academy program at the specific year level. 

Progam Includes

  • Professional football & basketball training
  • Training all year round on a synthetic pitch and indoor basketball stadium
  • Training gear (NIKE : top, shorts, socks, and training jacket)
  • Working with highly qualified and enthusiastic professional coaches
  • Special appearances from previous and current A-League  and NBL players & coaches
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Working in a secure and safe environment with like-minded student athletes
  • Minimum of 6 hours of  Academy sessions a fortnight
  • Optional weekly lunchtime gym session supervised by qualified staff, aligned with their athletic pathway

Year 7-12
Academy Program

$ 500 Per Year (Inclusive of Uniform)
  • +1 Additional Gym training sessions per week +$100

Coaching Staff

Ljuban Palinic

Director of Football

Mick Svaljek

General Manager

Tom Paton

Head of Football

Ash Fraraccio

Football Coordinator