AFL Women’s National Academy
The AFL Women’s National Academy has conducted its first camp at the AIS.
The intake of 33 players have received a NAB AFL Women’s National Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.
The seven-day sports camp at the AIS included combined testing, skill sessions, mentoring and match-play here on the world-class facilities at the AIS.
The AIS grass fields have recently been re-turfed and the athletes gave the new grass a good workout under Canberra's January heat.
The intake includes two squads; Level One – players who are 16 years of age and Level Two – which includes the best 17 year olds across the country who are eligible for the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
AFL Academy National Head Coach Luke Power said the academy was the first element of new development initiatives that will support female football.
'Women’s football participation numbers have been steadily climbing over the past five years to now represent a quarter of all Australian Football participants and the AFL is committed to supporting the elite players reach the highest level – place on an AFLW list,' Mr Power said.
'The NAB AFL Women’s National Academy players will enjoy the same number of contact hours, insight and expert coaching the men’s program does, including time with AFL clubs.
'I look forward to seeing the players’ development throughout the year.'