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Established in 2010, the QBE Sydney Swans Academy aims to increase the talent pool in NSW where AFL is an introduced sport. 

The Academy involves 600 boys, aged 11 to 19 years of age, who participate in an elite long-term development program under the guidance and support of professional coaches. The specialised program is tailored specifically to each age group and provides a first-class training environment.

The program operates in ten regions across the Swans Academy zone including Sydney Metro; Sydney North; Sydney South; Illawarra; Northern Beaches; Central Coast; Hunter; Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Grafton. 

The Academy provides the Sydney Swans with opportunities to draft home-grown talent and all clubs in the AFL competition have access to recruit graduates of the program. Former Academy members Brandon Jack; Sam Naismith; Dan Robinson; Isaac Heeney; Jordan Foote and Callum Mills have all progressed to the senior list at the Sydney Swans, joining Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack and Dane Rampe, who were born and raised in the Swans Academy zone.

2017 Open Athlete Assessment Trials

Registrations for the 2017 Open Athlete Assessment Trials are available. To find out more or to register, click here.

U11/U12 Youth Girls Trials

With the launch of a Youth Girls program in 2018, we are currently taking Open Athlete Assessment Trial registrations for girls aged 11-12 years. To find out more or to register, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Only players who reside in the Swans Academy zone are eligible for selection in these programs. The updated zone surrounding the Hills District can be accessed here.



How do I join the Academy?

There are several ways that boys can join the QBE Sydney Swans Academy...more

News and Announcements

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Training Programs

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Academy Philosophy

The QBE Academy are committed to providing a positive, exciting and nurturing environment...more

Academy Staff

The QBE Academy have five full-time staff and over 45 coaches across New South Wales...more

Contact the Academy

Find out how to get in touch with us with any questions you may have in relation to the QBE Sydney Swans Academy...more.