The program has a skill development/talent identification focus. Athletes who have a successful program will potentially gain access to the AFLW NSW/ACT performance pathway. All selected U16 players will have the opportunity to play at the ClubsNSW Academy Games which is the selection trials for the AFL NSW/ACT U16's side. All U18 players will have the opportunity to attend the AFL NSW/ACT U18 State Team selection trials.
Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum, but rather enable athletes to participate in the Academy program which includes 20 sports specific training sessions, inter-academy camp/competition opportunities. The Selected Squad gain access to elite level coaches, specific skill development and Academy athlete education modules (may include - not limited to) sports physiology, sport psychology, nutrition, drugs in sport awareness and recovery techniques.
A GST inclusive levy of $300-00 will be applicable to successful athletes.
All athlete levies must be paid in full within 21 days of selection, or the scholarship offer will be automatically withdrawn; unless agreed Board of Management arrangements have been confirmed.
The Academy squad may compete in additional competition within the program. Tour levies will be applied to cover some costs of travel, accommodation, food and competition entry fees.
Optional Uniform may also be purchased from SWSAS, for example Hoodies.
Acknowledging that Girls playing competition AFL at a high level is relatively new; we are encouraging athletes from all sports to nominate. In 2018 girls who had previously played a variety of other sports had remarkable levels of success.
The Academy applies strict criterion to the selection process for all athlete development programs. This selection criterion comprises sport specific requirements developed in collaboration with the relevant State Sporting Organisation.
The Academy reserves the right to accept or reject any athlete nomination based on its selection criterion. All athletes submitting forms for inclusion in Academy programs are required to acknowledge that the acceptance of their nomination will be at the sole discretion of the Academy.
The Academy's general selection criterion is as follows:
U16 - Born in 2004, 2003 Athletes turning age 15 and 16 in 2019.
U18 - Born in 2002, 2001 Athletes turning age 17 and 18 in 2019