The QBE Sydney Swans Academy exists to increase the number of players in NSW who have expert AFL knowledge and high-level skills.

Established in 2010, the Academy has nurtured and developed a number of elite AFL-level players but also made a significant contribution to the growth and strength of the code in NSW.

The Academy provides a professional, age-appropriate development program for males and females aged 11 to 19, and each year the Academy trains about 800 players.

Players are selected through open assessment trials, which are held annually at the Sydney Swans headquarters in Moore Park.