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The QBE Sydney Swans Academy aims to build and maintain a strong AFL culture in NSW.

The Academy program is designed to increase the number of players and coaches in NSW who have sound AFL knowledge and high-level skills.

Improving the depth of talent and expertise will not only benefit AFL clubs including the Sydney Swans, but also contribute to the long-term growth and strength of the code.

Our program currently involves 90 academy coaches and conditioning staff who train 500 male and 300 female players, aged 11 to 19,  in nine locations throughout NSW, including Sydney City, North Sydney, South Sydney, Northern Beaches, Illawarra, Central Coast, Hunter, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Our Program

The Youth Boys Academy program runs for 22 weeks every year, over three terms from February to September. In the older age groups, from U16 to U19, players train for 30 weeks a year as they also complete a pre-season program.

The program for female footballers has almost trebled in size since it began in 2018.

The Youth Girls program runs for 15 weeks every year, over three terms from February to May.

All players in the Swans Academy also continue to play with their local club side, regardless of the division or grade their team is in. There is no requirement or need to play in a top division club team.

The program involves weekly training and match-play sessions, providing players of all ages with a mix of skill development, fitness training and high-level competition.



Donations to the Foundation go directly into supporting the running of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy.

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