The Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s AFL Boys’ Programs provides development opportunities for talented young AFL players in the western Sydney region. In partnership with AFL (NSW/ACT), the Academy AFL Boys’ Program provide opportunities for local junior players in the areas of technical skill, education and personal development.

The Program will comprise of technical, athlete education and fitness elements for Academy scholarship holders.

The AFL Boys program will run for a 10 week period, commencing on 19 February 2018 and conclude on 21 May 2018. Weekly training sessions will be held at 138 Gipps Road Smithfield on Monday evenings 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

To be eligible for the Academy AFL Boys Program, athletes must be:

  • Aged 11-12 for the majority of the Program;
  • Committed to progressing to higher representation within the sport of AFL;
  • A current financial member of an AFL Club or Association within the western Sydney region;
  • Currently residing within the Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Penrith or The Hills.


An athlete levy of $150 is applicable to selected athletes, which assists in meeting the costs of the Program. This will be advised at the time of trials.

In addition to regular scheduled training sessions, the following benefits will apply to athletes selected within the WSAS AFL Boys Program:

  • Access to first class training facilities;
  • Individual, as well as squad coaching;
  • Identification and training methods to correct technique;
  • Opportunities to represent WSAS at various events;
  • Athlete education program including seminars provided by specialists in nutrition, sports psychology, cyber safety, integrity in sport and injury management & prevention;
  • Access to online portals for ASADA, AIS My Basecamp and other relevant websites;
  • Access to the WSAS Team App online communication system;
  • Academy athlete uniform clothing;
  • Free access to Fit 4 All gym in Penrith;
  • Ability to nominate for the annual Woolworths Athlete Scholarship;
  • Privileged pricing on 2XU compression clothing purchases;
  • A discount on services provided by Sydney West Sports Medicine.