The QBE Sydney Swans Academy is a ground-breaking coaching and training program which recruits and develops the best young athletes in New South Wales, shaping them into potential AFL players.
The Academy was established in 2010 as part of a plan by the Sydney Swans to develop and draft home-grown talent into their playing ranks.
The Academy is also successfully growing the national talent pool for the AFL, and all clubs in the AFL competition have the opportunity to recruit graduates of the program.
The Academy identifies talented boys from the age of 11 years old, and nurtures them through a long-term elite development program under the guidance of expert coaches.
Each year, around 500 boys and young men aged between 11 and 19 years are involved in the program, which operates in Sydney and NSW regional centres.
Several former Academy members, including Brandon Jack, Lloyd Perris and Sam Naismith, have recently progressed to the senior ranks at the Sydney Swans. They join other senior Swans players who were born and raised in NSW, including current captains, Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack, midfielder Craig Bird, defender Dane Rampe and key tall and dual premiership player, Lewis Roberts-Thomson.
For information on our coaching programs and training venues, please click on “Squads and Programs’’ below.
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