The aim of Melbourne Academy is to encourage, develop and enhance participation outcomes for talented players, with an additional focus on creating more opportunities for multicultural and Indigenous participants. All programs 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 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.

The diversity of Australia’s population means that 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 Melbourne Academies are open to people from all backgrounds and will have a strong focus on multicultural and indigenous participation.

Down the track, highly talented multicultural or indigenous players who have graduated through the Melbourne Academy Zone and meet certain criteria will be eligible to be drafted to Melbourne’s AFL side via a Next Generation Academy concession system.

Melbourne Academy zones are in Melbourne’s south-east corridor (Casey/Dandenong/Mornington Peninsula) and Alice Springs, NT.

Find out here if you live in the Melbourne Academy zone.

Contact the Academy

If you are aged between 11-15, Multicultural or of Indigenous background living in the regions of Casey, Dandenong or Mornington Peninsula you can register to receive more information at:

For general enquiries please email us at: 



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