Elite Athlete, Coach & Performer Program

Elite Athlete, Coach & Performer Program

Are you an elite athlete, coach or performer looking to study a higher education degree?

We have supported student athletes and star performers striving for academic and sporting/performing excellence since 1917. As an endorsed member of the Elite Athlete Network recognized by the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport, we are proud to stand amongst national leaders who provide the highest standard of services to elite athletes, coaches, and officials.

Our Bachelor degrees in Sport, Health, Education and Dance offer the highest quality learning experience within a flexible and supportive environment in Sydney’s home of sport, Olympic Park. Selected units, degree, and postgraduate options can also be studied online.

About the Program

ACPE’s Elite Athlete, Coach, and Performer Program is designed to encourage elite sportspeople to reach their full potential. We provide various levels of support, helping you balance academic study and high-performance sport.

Athletes balancing a dual career of pursuing excellence in tertiary studies whilst playing representative sport at the highest level receive comprehensive assistance and a benefits package that is tailored for your unique needs. This ensures success is achievable — both on and off the playing area.

ACPE is an institution dedicated to sporting degrees and has the advantage of our campus location in the famous Sydney Olympic Park. With many of our units and degrees being offered online, you will be able to continue your studies at your own pace — even when sporting commitments take you interstate or overseas.

Athletes and coaches studying at ACPE have the full support from the skilled and dedicated ACPE staff, including a single point of contact for all your enquiries. As a leading provider of sporting degrees and with a large network of partnerships within the sporting industry, ACPE offers elite athletes and coaches every opportunity to prepare for and be successful in the next steps of their chosen career path.

Elite Athletes discuss why they chose to study at ACPE

Parramatta Eels captain Tim Mannah and champion swimmer and 2018 Commonwealth Games hopeful Kurt Herzog discuss their study journeys and why they chose to study at ACPE.

Elite Athletes and Coaches

ACPE recognises Elite Athletes, Coaches and Performers who have been identified and recognised by one of the following organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players Association
  • Australian Cricketers Association
  • Rugby Union Players Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers Association
  • National senior squad members from ACE supported sports


ACPE’s Elite Athlete, Coach and Performer Program supports elite sports people in a number of ways. These include:

  • A tailored study plan
  • Flexible timetables and reasonable adjustments to class attendance requirements
  • Access to peer tutoring
  • Assistance from the Student Success Centre
  • Reasonable adjustments to assessments and assessment schedules
  • External exam invigilation to accommodate sporting commitments
  • A designated Elite Athlete Coordinator to assist in the planning, managing and execution of study commitments

How to apply

As a direct entry institution ACPE provides prospective students with a swift and easily accessible application process.

Lodge your application for your course of choice by speaking with an Admissions Advisor on 1300 302 867. Once accepted into your course of choice you will be directed to lodge your application for the Elite Athlete and Coach Program with ACPE’s Elite Athlete Coordinator.

To confirm if you’re eligible for entry into ACPE’s Elite Athlete and Coach Program, complete the Elite Athlete Identification Form and you will be contacted about next steps in the application process.

Elite Athlete Profiles

Take a look at current Elite Athletes studying at ACPE and their course.

Tim Mannah

Captain, Parramatta Eels
Bachelor of Sports Business

Abbie Taddeo

National Sprinter & Hurdler
Bachelor of Sports Coaching & Admin

Kurt Herzog

Professional Swimmer
Bachelor of Sports Business

Faith Estil

National OzTag Team
Bachelor of Sports Business (Leadership)

Keanu Blunden

Speed Skating National Champion
Bachelor of Sports Coaching & Admin

Naomi De Bruine

Judo Medallist, Youth Olympic Games
Bachelor of Education (PHE)