Athlete Development Program


The Athlete Development Program delivered by Flinders University Sport and Fitness is a sports training and athletic support program aimed to assist students in the pursuit of sporting and academic excellence.

The Athlete Development Program aims to benefit students through unprecedented access to high level facilities and training environments with the support of our highly qualified staff. Our strength and conditioning team can tailor their support to work with your current program and sporting coaches, or develop a program to suit your needs.

In addition our students can access our allied health professionals who can assist in assessing and managing new or existing injuries, or provide assessment of your nutritional and dietary requirements.

We ultimately aim to provide students the training and support not often accessible that is required to become improved athletes and achieve greater results within their chosen sport.

  • Flinders University Sport and Fitness Gym Membership
  • Athlete Development Program Bag
  • Clinical Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Individual Strength and Conditioning Program
  • Strength and Conditioning Facility Access and Coaching
  • Allied Health Support – Massage, Physiotherapy & Dietitian Services 


How to Apply

Prior to completing the application form, students are encouraged to thoroughly read through the information booklet to ensure they understand the terms and conditions that come with applying and receiving a place in the program.
Flinders University Sport and Fitness will make every effort to inform students of the result of their application by early April, 2021. 

Applications Open: Monday 1st February

Applications Close – Friday 26th March

For further information or any questions, please contact Christian Thiel – or 8201 2408.


Elite Athlete Status

Flinders is a member of the Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN) that supports Australia’s elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career. 
Please note, Elite Athlete Status is separate from the Athlete Development Program and requires students to make a separate application. Elite Athlete Status differs from the Athlete Development Program by providing students academic support as outlined below.

 This program provides students with:

  • Advice, guidance and advocacy on academic planning, including enrolment and assessment needs.
  • Support in negotiating flexibility to meet sporting and academic requirements, including:
    • study load and timetables
    • leave of absence to meet commitments
    • assessment deadlines
    • sitting exams externally
    • work integrated learning arrangements
    • cross-institutional study options interstate or credit transfer arrangements.
  • Services, including:
    • medical, counselling and student learning assistance
    • career development, including the Horizon Award professional development workshops
    • access to the Sports Ambassador program for casual employment opportunities.

For more information see the website


For more information, please contact Christian Thiel – or 8201 2408