The Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership (RISL) continues to cement its reputation as the most innovative and unique sport education program in Australia. 

Students from the double diploma course – delivered in conjunction with Swinburne University – recently visited the far north of Australia as part the RISL program. The students immersed themselves in the community of Jabiru, further developing their understanding of the power sport has to connect people and improve health and wellbeing.

The trip to Jabiru was facilitated by the Star Foundation and former Richmond player Richard Tambling who now lives in the area.

The trip north comes on top of international trips undertaken by students to China and India over the past two years.

“Beyond guaranteeing university pathways and providing employment and placement opportunities, we place enormous importance on the quality of the student experience,” Richmond Head of Education and Training Damien Villarosa said.

“The international trips have taken students to very different places and challenged them in ways they would not have experienced before. The trip to Jabiru also introduced them to a very different environment. You really see students learn and grow from these experiences.”

RISL was established in 2016 and students complete diplomas in Sport Development and Leadership and Management. More than 300 students will have completed the course at the completion of this year. RISL continues to expand and is now also based in Mildura and Wodonga.

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