AFL Club Next Generation Academies






The AFL Club Next Generation Academies are a joint initiative between the AFL and AFL Clubs aimed at increasing the opportunities for young people to learn about and play the game of Australian Rules football.  The program is targeted at Multicultural and Indigenous communities who may not have as much opportunity to be involved in football programs, or who have limited understanding of the game and how it is played.  Whilst the programs focus is on these non-traditional football communities, it is a program that is available to all young players of any skill level aged 11 – 18 years old.


AFL Clubs each have a designated region to run their own Next Generation Academy Program, which may involve a variety of activities including:


  • Australian Rules Football Clinics and skills sessions
  • ‘Come and Try’ days involving an introduction to Australian Rules football
  • Leadership and Teamwork programs
  • Fitness Testing and training programs
  • Education sessions (i.e. Cultural Awareness, Nutrition, Health Living, etc.)


Participants will be exposed to an elite football environment through top-level coaching, first-class facilities and expertise across health, fitness and personal development.  Each Clubs program may differ slightly, but will involve multiple sessions across each of these key areas, that will be conducted through school holidays and/or out of hour’s programs.


Each club has a designated region to conduct their Next Generation Academy programs.  Please see below a list of the clubs that may be running programs in or around your area:



Adelaide Crows

Central District; Glenelg; North Adelaide; Sturt; Northern Country; APY Lands East (SA)


Brisbane Lions

Separate talent academy – see clubs website for details


Carlton Blues


Yarra; Whittlesea; Darebin; Nilumbik; Banyule (VIC)

Collingwood Magpies


Whitehorse; Boroondara; Yarra; Monash; Oakleigh; Manningham; Melbourne City (VIC); Barkley (NT)


Essendon Bombers


Hume; Moonee Valley; Moreland; Mitchell; Macedon Ranges (VIC) West Arnham; Tiwi Islands (NT)


Fremantle Dockers


East Fremantle; South Fremantle; Peel; West Perth; Claremont; Regional Mid-West; Regional Wheatbelt; Kimberly (WA)


Geelong Cats


Geelong; Surf Coast; Queenscliff; Corangamite; Colac; Otway; Golden Plains (VIC); East Arnham (NT)

Gold Coast Suns


Separate talent academy – see clubs website for details

GWS Giants


Separate talent academy – see clubs website for details

Hawthorn Hawks


Wellington; South Gippsland; East Gippsland; La Trobe; Cardinia; Baw Baw; Bass Coast; Whitehorse; Maroondah; Yarra Ranges; Knox; Manningham (VIC); Katherine (NT)


Melbourne Demons


Mornington Peninsula; Dandenong; Casey; Cardinia (VIC); Alice Springs (NT)


North Melbourne Kangaroos


Melbourne City; Wyndham (VIC); Tasmania (TAS)

Port Adelaide Power


Norwood; Woodville-West Torrens; Yorke Peninsula; South Adelaide; West Adelaide; APY Lands West (SA)


Richmond Tigers


Wodonga; Wangaratta; Strathbogie; Murrindindi; Moira; Mitchell; Mansfield; Shepparton; Benalla; Towong; Alpine; Albury; Indigo; Macedon Ranges; Gannawarra; Yarriambiack; Swan Hill; Mount Alexander; Mildura; Loddon; Bendigo; Buloke; Campaspe; Hindmarsh; Central Goldfields; North Grampians (VIC)


St Kilda Saints


Melbourne City; Glen Eira; Stonington; Port Phillip; Dandenong; Bayside; Kingston; Frankston (VIC)


Sydney Swans


Separate talent academy – see clubs website for details

West Coast Eagles


East Perth; Perth; Swan Districts; Subiaco; South West Region; Midlands Region; Great Southern Region; Goldfields Region (WA)


Western Bulldogs


Glenelg; West Wimmera; Southern Grampians; Pyranees; Moyne; Moorabool; Horsham; Hepburn; Ballarat; Ararat; Warnambool; North Grampians; Golden Plains; Hindmarsh; Yarriambiack; Hobsons Bay; Melton; Brimbank; Maribyrnong;




To become involved in an AFL Club Next Generation Academy, please see the website of the AFL Club running programs in your region for details on the activities and programs being conducted. 


Click here to view the terms of participation for all AFL Club Next Generation Academies.

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