More from Telstra

Australia's best network.

Hawks Academy School Holiday Program

Join us in the school holidays throughout 2024 for football skills and drills and fun games run by Hawthorn Football Club and AFL Victoria. Our single-day Hawks Academy programs are offered across a range of venues in Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs, including Bunjil Bagora (Waverly Park), Mulgrave and will run from 10:00am-3:00pm*. 

Hawks Academy endeavours to create a fun, safe and inclusive space for all participants to learn football no matter the skill level, stay active, and make new friends across the school holidays.

Spots are limited and all participants who attend will receive a Hawks Academy t-shirt and giveaways.

Cost per child: $100

Dates and venues to be confirmed. Please click on the link to register your details should you wish to be contacted when the next program launches. 



Hawks Academy FAQs



Who will be running the clinic? 

The clinic will be run by Hawks Academy coaches, supported by AFL Victoria staff, Hawthorn FC AFL/AFLW players and staff members. 

Will Hawthorn players attend? 

We intend to have either AFL or AFLW player attendance at all of our Hawks Academy clinics. However, this will be dependent on their football schedule and may change at late notice. 

Do staff have Working with Children checks? 

Yes, all staff and players attending have valid Working with Children checks. 

What happens if it rains? 

Our Hawks Academy Team may cancel the event due to weather the day prior, but full refunds will be available. Participants will also be given priority if a new clinic date is organised. 

What are the recommended age groups? 

The recommended age group for Hawks Academy, is 5–10 year-olds and for all abilities. 

My child has a disability – does the clinic cater for their needs? 

Yes, all staff are trained to work with children with a disability and activities in the clinic can be modified to cater for this. 

What to wear? 

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, enclosed runners and active shorts/leggings. Footy boots can be worn for the outdoor session however participants will be required to change into their runners for the remainder of the clinic. Those who attend will be provided with a Hawks Academy t-shirt. 

What does my child need to bring? 

Participants are asked to bring a water bottle and nut-free snacks and/or lunch to last throughout the day. There will be access to drinking taps for participants to refill their water bottle. 

Is there a safe space for participants to leave their belongings? 

All belongings will be left inside a secure, locked area. 

What happens when a participant needs to go to the bathroom?  

There will be a number of breaks during the day, however, should your child need to go to the bathroom, they will go with a member of their group.   

Can parents watch/attend? 

Parents are welcome to watch from the grandstands. However, there is the option to drop participants at the venue in the morning (10:00am) and return for pick up at the end of the day (3:00pm). 

What type of First Aid is available? 

First Aid will be available at each program, with all coaches and staff members being first aid qualified.  

Can my child participate in groups with their friends/siblings? 

Groups will be formed based on age and experience level on the day but can be moved if necessary. If you would like to ensure your participant is grouped with a family member or friend, please let us know at the check-in station on the day. 

Where can I park on the day? 

Parking will be available at the ground, however is not guaranteed. Please allow extra time for this. 

What happens after I register my child? 

After you register tour child, you will receive a confirmation email with program information and your invoice. One week prior to the event, you will also be sent final event information. 

Is there public transport to the venue? 

Public transport will differ for each venue. Please refer to final event information, or feel free to contact us.

Public Transport directions to Bunjil Bagora (Waverley Park):

Bus routes 802, 804, 850, 862 and 900 are available through Public Transport Victoria. Get off at stop Waverly Park/Wellington Rd and walk through Waverly Park Dr towards Bunjil Bagora. Please see PTV for more information.  

Where to go once I arrive? 

Once you arrive at the venue, please make your way to the oval to sign in participants. 

What happens if the program is cancelled? 

In extreme circumstances of the program being cancelled, we will offer the choice of a full refund or credit. A credit will secure a spot at the next available program. 

Can’t see an answer above to your question? 

Can't see an answer above to your question? Give us a call at (03) 9535 3045 or email