The Melbourne Football Club is excited to introduce the newest part of our team; the Next Generation Melbourne Academy.
Based on the success of AFL Club Academies in the Northern States the AFL has provided seed funding for all Victorian clubs to run talent development Academies for boys and girls aged 11-15 in allocated zones.
Melbourne Football Club has been allocated Melbourne’s South East corridor (Casey/Dandenong/Mornington Peninsula) and Alice Springs, NT.
The diversity of Australia’s population means that in order for the game of AFL and the Melbourne Football Club to grow we must provide an inclusive environment which attracts people of all backgrounds. With that in mind the Next Generation Academies are open to people from all backgrounds and will have a strong focus on multicultural and Indigenous participation.
The aim of Next Generation Academies is to encourage, develop and enhance participation outcomes for talented players, with an additional focus of creating more opportunities for Multicultural and Indigenous participants. All programs will include on-field skill development and educational components to prepare participants to be the best players they can be and equally, the best people they can be.
The Melbourne Next Generation Academy will run in partnership with Dandenong Stingrays, AFL South East, AFL NT and the respective local leagues to ensure talented players have continuity throughout the talent pathway and develop to their full potential.
In the near future highly talented Multicultural or Indigenous players who have graduated through the Melbourne Next Generation Academy Zone and meet a certain criteria will be eligible to be drafted to Melbourne’s AFL side via a Next Generation Academy concession system.
NOTE: To be eligible for the Melbourne Football Club Next Generation Academy you must live in the allocated zone (South East Melbourne/Dandenong Stingrays Zone or Alice Springs).
To register to the information database visit www.afl.com.au/demonsacademy