SANFL Skills – 2021 April School Holiday Program

What is SANFL Skills?

SANFL Skills is a skill development program aimed at U12, U13, U14, U15,  year old boys and girls (born 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006).

This program has been developed to give players exposure to South Australia’s underage state and specialised coaches that will incorporate a progressive series of skills, drills and education sessions over 2 days (1.5 hour sessions per day).


What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $129 for 2 x 1.5 hour sessions.

What are the details of the program?

Dates: Monday 19th April & Tuesday 20th April

Time: U12 & U13 | 9.00am – 10.30am

U14 & U15 | 11.00am – 12.30pm


Location: Thebarton Oval,
1 Meyer Street, Torrensville. Enter through the gates at the Eastern end of Meyer Street

Parking: Street parking is available.

Who are the program coaches?

Brenton Phillips

SANFL Head of Talent

South Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee
1993 Magarey Medallist
2002-2006 Sturt FC League Coach (2002 Premiership)
1999-2000 Port Adelaide FC (AFL) Assistant Coach
2007-2017 South Australia U18 Coach (2013-2014 AFL U18 Championship Coach)
222 SANFL League games for North Adelaide
71 VFL/AFL games for Brisbane and Essendon

Tony Bamford

South Australian U18 Boys Coach

Triple Port Adelaide (SANFL) Premiership Player (1996-1998-1999)
Port Adelaide FC (SANFL) League Coach and Talent Manager 2010-2012
South Adelaide FC Talent Manager and U18 Coach 2012-2017
SA U18 Boys Coach 2018 – Current (2018 AFL U18 Championship Coach)
AFL Academy Manager – SA Hub 2019-Current

Julian Farkas

South Australian U16 Boys Coach

South Adelaide FC League Player 1995-1997
Eastlake Demons FC Player and Development Manager (AFL Canberra) 74 League games and 194 goals from 2003 to 2008
Port Adelaide FC Talent Development Manager 2009 to 2013
South Adelaide FC Zone Development Officer 2013-2015
SANFL Talent Pathways Manager 2016-Current
SA U16 Boys Coach 2018-Current
(2018 AFL U16 Championship Coach)


Robbie Neill

SANFL Female Talent Manager

Norwood FC Player 1998-2005
134 games and 240 goals
Norwood FC Leading Goal Kicker 1999, 2000, 01, 03, 04, 05
1999 The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year selection
3 games for SANFL State Team
2 games for NSW State of Origin Team
44 AFL games for Sydney and St Kilda 1992-1997
2010-2014 Norwood FC Talent Manager and Under-16 Coach
2015-2016 Norwood FC Talent Manager and Under-18 Coach
2017 – Current SANFL Female Talent Manager

Tom Debenedictis

SANFL Physical Performance Manager

Physical Performance Manager South Australian National Football League, 2019 – current
Physical and Physiological Performance Team Defence Science and Technology Group, 2018 – 2019
PhD in Human Movement (2018) – The University of South Australia
ESSA accredited Exercise Scientist 2014 – current
Australian Strength and Conditioning Accredited Coach 2013 – current
Senior Physical Performance Manager South Adelaide Football Club, 2013 – 2018
Senior Strength Coach South Adelaide Football Club, 2012 – 2013
1st class Honours Degree in Human Biomechanics (2011) – The University of Bedfordshire

Jack Hannath

SANFL Male Athlete Wellbeing Officer & Current SANFL Player

Central District (SANFL) player 2011-2012 & 2017-2018 54 games, 15 goals
Peel Thunder (WAFL) 2013 – 2016 53 games, 34 goals
Fremantle (AFL) 2013-2016 20 games, 8 goals
NT Thunder (NEAFL) 2019 18 games, 3 goals
Glenelg (SANFL) 2020 15 games, 1 goal
SANFL Male Athlete Wellbeing Officer 2019 – Present

What do I bring?

Players will need to arrive dressed in appropriate football attire (including boots and a jumper/jacket). There will be no strapping available. There will be no changeroom access for changing.

Players will need to bring their own full drink bottles.

What if I miss a session?

There are no refunds for any sessions that a player is absent.

What if a session is cancelled?

If a session is cancelled by SANFL and not re-scheduled, players will be refunded for the session/s missed.

What COVID19 safety measures are in place?

For the safety of all players and coaches, recommended COVID19 safety measures have been implemented for this program. It has been designed within the government’s COVID19 current recommendations for South Australia and the structure has been approved by SA Health. These safety measures include;

  • All players and Parents/Guardians are required to scan in with the Covid QR code, or manually sign in.
  • All players are required to bring their own drink bottle. No sharing of drink bottles is allowed.
  • Parents/Guardians are welcome to view the sessions from the grandstand or outside the oval and must abide by the 1 person per 1.5sqm distancing rule.
  • All footballs used will be cleaned before and after each session.
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