It all started when…

Sport Development Services (sportDS) was established in 2008, running development programs for schools and sporting clubs in Melbourne. Recognising a need for tailored coaching for individuals, we designed and delivered our first Academy program in 2013.

We began hosting overseas players when we were contacted by Sport Lived (now our major partner) to provide extra training for a couple of cricketers from the UK. We soon realised that for many overseas players making the trip to Oz, two club trainings and a match per week just wasn’t enough. We were able to put together a program that really satisfied the needs of young sports people who were keen to develop.

Realising its success, we extended the program to include hockey the following year, and so the sportDS Academy was born.

We now regularly host players from the UK, the US and the Netherlands.