The South West Sydney Academy of Sport had previously conducted a ten week AFL Talent Development Program for Boys and Girls aged 11 and 12 years, with the support of the GWS Giants and AFL NSW/ACT as a part of their performance pathway programs.
During the COVID pandemic, the resources of AFL NSW/ACT were reallocated to other projects, and, as a result, the GWS Giants Academy stepped up and took a more active role over the performance pathway programs within the South West Sydney region.
Whilst the Academy conducted this program in 2020 and 2021, a clash of limited resources and dates with GWS Giants Academy programs in 2022 prevented the Academy from conducting the program.
As organisations continue to recover from the COVID pandemic, the Academy continues to re-assess its sport development programs on an annual basis.
At this stage there are no intentions to host an AFL Development program in 2023.
Should the Academy's position on AFL change, further information will be provided here.
The Academy does however continue to operate a successful AFLW pathway program, and has the ability to welcome high-performing junior AFL athletes into its Wests Future Stars Program.