WA State Academy
The WA State Academy program is an elite football environment that focuses on individual player development. It is centred on the development of the person and their ability to contribute in a team environment.
The Academy is divided into separate but closely aligned programs. The WA 16’s State Academy is designed for players aged 16 and acts as the initial introduction to a state based elite football program. The WA 18’s State Academy is the next phase of the Academy journey and caters for 17 and 18 year olds.
There are also WA Female State Programs that focus on the development of female players including State 16s, Youth Girls and Women, as well as female coaches and support staff.
WA State Academy - Philosophies
WA State Academy - Objectives
WA State Academy – Selection Process
WA Talent Academy Staff
Adam Jones – State Talent Manager
Clayton Anderson – Talent Programs Coordinator
Aaron Ballantyne – State Talent Officer
WA Female Talent Academy
The WAFC Female Talent program is an elite football environment that focusses on individual player development. It is centred on the development of the person and their ability to contribute in a team environment via the WAFC Female Talent Academy or State representative teams.
The program also focuses on the development of a pathway for female coaches to coach at an elite level and an opportunity to be mentored by more experienced coaches and liaise effectively with the WA AFL teams and the AFL.
All WAFC Female Talent programs are conducted at All Saints College, Bull Creek unless otherwise stated.
WA Female Talent Academy - Philosophies
WA Female Talent Academy - Objectives
WA Female Talent Academy - Staff
Talent Manager - Female Programs - Clint Degebrodt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff are appointed on two-year contracts and must submit their application to the WAFC. Coaches must be accredited and hold a Level 2 or 3 certificate to be considered.
Younger Development Coaches who hold a Level 1 certificate especially females are considered a vital part of the programs growth and are encouraged to apply especially for positions within the Talent Academy, where they can be shadowed by experienced coaches.
WA Female Talent Academy - Structure
The WAFC Talent Academy was established in 2013. It has grown substantially from 20 players to now developing over 400 female footballers annually.
Players are invited into the Talent Academy after being nominated by WAWFL Clubs, Junior Clubs, teachers or coaches. Players from all State teams will automatically be invited into the Talent Academy every year. Players may also be identified playing at Country Week, Dockers Cup competitions, Schoolgirls competitions, Indigenous and multicultural competitions. FIFO and remote country players are also included in this method of selection and identification.
The WAFC Talent Academy consists of 5 tiers;
State Female Program - Selection Process
Upon completing nominations, players are required to attend three trials. State coaches and or selection panels will determine the final squad.
The preferred pathway for most players is to be involved with their WAWFL or Junior Football Club, so they are playing regular football. All talented players should be participating in the WAFC Female Talent Academy program, which runs from November – March each year. Only a few players outside of the Talent Academy will be selected in State teams.
SSWA State 15 Schoolgirls
This program is the initial introduction to the State female program. It is designed for those talented players aged between 13yrs and up to 15yrs of age and managed by School Sport WA with strong support from the WAFC.
National competitions are conducted on an annual basis with host states rotated based on School Sport Australia policies. This program is growing from strength to strength as more states join the competition.
Players indicate their interest in the team by attending the selection trials as listed on the SSWA website. Selectors choose a squad of 30 players. In 2016 the girls played in Maroochydore QLD in July. In 2017 the National Championships will be held in Perth.
State U18 Women
This program caters for females aged between 16yrs to 18yrs of age on the year of competition. This national competition is conducted annually with states officially vying for the right to host the National Championships. In 2016 this event was played in Victoria.
This competition is usually played in May, with initial selections occurring in early January each year. Players indicate their interest in the team by attending the selection trials at All Saints College.
Selectors choose between 24 - 26 players. Training sessions usually occur Sunday mornings with scratch matches held throughout the week. In 2017 the National U18 Women’s competition will be divided into 2 rounds with Round 1 being played in May in NSW and Round 2 in July in QLD.
State U23 Women
This is a new program initiated in 2016 to allow younger players not selected for AFL teams to experience high quality state games. Players must be aged 19 – 23yrs on the year of the competition. Selectors choose 24 players.
In late June 2016 WA arranged to play QLD in Brisbane, QLD. Current AFL representative players are not permitted to trial for this team. Following on from the success of the 2016 competition, WA will host QLD in 2017.
Trials and training sessions begin in March each year.
State Open Women
This program caters for elite women aged 23yrs and above. Those players seeking to be in an AFL team in the future who are experienced players or outstanding younger players should aspire to be in this team. Selectors choose 24 players. No AFL players will be permitted in this team
In 2016, WA travelled to Victoria in June to play the Western Bulldogs. In 2017 WA will take on SA. Dates TBA.
Trials and training sessions begin in March each year.