For many students at Lakeview Senior College, football and soccer run hand-in-hand with their studies.
The college runs AFL and Soccer Academy Programs at Caroline Springs school, offering students an opportunity to develop their skills in years 10, 11 and 12 within both VCE and VCAL education programs.
Football co-ordinator Michael Pisani said the program continues to develop each year.
The school has recently expanded its strength and conditioning area, which includes commercial grade equipment, available for use in classes and before and after school.
“We want to get the best out of athletes.
“We develop the students to help them achieve what they want to. Some have gone on to play AFL and A-League and done really well.
“Some just want to be the best local footballer, whether it’s at Keilor, Burnside Heights, Caroline Springs or Hillside.”
Collingwood’s Will Hoskin-Elliott, Hawthorn’s James Sicily and North Melbourne’s Tristan Xerri, along with Melbourne Victory’s Maja Markovski and Western United’s Dalibor Markovic have all attended the school.
The school also has a partnership with NAB League club the Western Jets, with students in both the club’s girls and boys teams.
Students apply for the program which is open to children who live in and outside their catchment area.
As well as having state of the art equipment, the program also has a big focus on personal development.
They have a sports psychologist and a strength and conditioning coach running sessions.
Mr Pisani said the school was hoping to expand their program even further. He said they would love to get more girls involved, opening the door of separate girls and boys classes.