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

The Program will comprise of technical, athlete education, sports science and fitness elements for Academy scholarship holders, and provides a talent identification platform for the GWS Giants Academy. Players aged 15 will be selected to participate in the development Program, with the ultimate goal being selection into the Giants 16s Academy. The Program will commence in October 2016 and conclude in April 2017.

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

  • Aged 15 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, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, City of Parramatta, Penrith or The Hills.


Nominations and selection process for the AFL Academy Program will take place in September 2016.

An athlete levy of $390 is applicable to athletes, which assists in meeting the costs of the Program. This will be advised at the time of nominations.

In addition to regular scheduled training sessions, the following benefits will apply to athletes selected within the WSAS 2017/18 Academy AFL Program:

  • Access to first class training facilities;
  • Individual, as well as squad coaching through program partner GWS Giants;
  • Insight into what it takes to become a professional athlete;
  • Identification and training methods to correct technique;
  • Opportunities to represent WSAS at various events;
  • Access to the WSAS Sportslocker online communication system;
  • Privileged pricing on 2XU compression clothing purchases;
  • A 20% discount on services provided by OnePointHealth.