The Diversity Talent Program is a FREE initiative which aims to identify male and female athletes aged 12-15 from Indigenous or Multicultural backgrounds (a parent born overseas). The top participants take part in talent camps that include elements of high-level coaching combined with cultural and education sessions.
A select few players are nominated for the National Indigenous and Multicultural representative teams.
The AFL covers the cost of travel, accommodation and meals for the testing days and talent camps to remove barriers and ensure everyone has an opportunity to take part in the program. If you are interested in the program, please express your interest HERE.
Indigenous Talent Program
AFL NSW/ACT want to build strong young leaders by giving them the opportunity to participate and learn new skills in all aspects in life and to then take these skills back to their communities and share their knowledge.
This program also provides an additional pathway to elite sporting opportunities.
National Programs supported by AFL NSW/ACT
– “Footy Means Business” 50 Players (18-23yrs) match and engagement activities
– AFL/AFLPA Indigenous All Stars Camp, training and community engagement activities
– Flying Boomerangs Camp
AFL NSW/ACT participate and support local community events and encourage engagement and participation from all communities in the following events:
– NAIDOC Week
– Yabun Festival
– AFL Indigenous Round
– Marn Grook – Swans v Essendon
Multicultural Talent Pathway
Players attend local testing days to demonstrate skills and athletic ability (playing experience isn’t mandatory if they are athletically gifted).
High Performance Testing Days – Run at a few venues across the state. Physical tests include, sprint, agility, vertical leap and aerobic fitness. As well as skill tests (Kicking and Handpassing).
Talent Camps – From the High Performance Testing Days, 30 participants will be selected to take part in talent camps which involves elite coaching as well as cultural, educational and wellbeing sessions. The camps aim to identify not only the most talented footballers, but also those with good values who are willing to learn and adapt.