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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

Personalising Pathways

Telephone02 4943 5755


Coaching Staff:

Mark Di Nardo

Mark played AFL, mostly in Melbourne, for over 20 years and has worked on AFL broadcasts, currently for Fox Footy and Seven Network, creating highlights and analysis vision for commentators.

He has been an Auskick coach for four years, and has coached Newcastle City Juniors for five years as head coach or assistant.

Last year he coached Newcastle City’s Senior Womens Plate side and this year is coaching Newcastle City’s Men’s Shield side. 


Gicu Oprea - HSHS Teacher & AFL Academy Coordinator


Elite Coaching:

Hunter Sports High's AFL Academy is a structured 40-week academy, run by qualified AFL NSW Coaches in collaboration with the Sydney Swans Junior Academy.

"Hunter Sports High offers the benchmark elite AFL academy for students anywhere in NSW."  



How do I apply?

To be part of this academy prospective students need to apply online on this website. Students must participate in regular AFL competitions, undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the online application form. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the academy is based on continued academic effort, acceptable attendance levels and an excellent behaviour record.

Students are supported by a school environment which caters for the academic and welfare needs of the talented athlete, allowing them to gain a quality education whilst still pursuing their sporting dreams.