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The St George AFC Junior Development Academy  

The junior AFL competition in Sydney is spread across several regions of the greater Sydney area, and all junior clubs are aligned with a senior club in their local area to provide a clear pathway into senior football.      

Our local region is referred to as “Sydney South” and is made up of a seven junior clubs, each with a long and successful history of developing AFL football amongst boys and girls at grassroots level in the St George and Sutherland areas.  As a Premier Division senior club, these junior clubs are formally aligned to St George as part of their development pathway to senior football in Sydney.

To support and enhance the development of grassroots footy in our local region, the St George AFC established its Junior Academy program in 2013.  Since that time the Academy has grown quickly and in 2020 now proudly provides a unique development opportunity for boys and girls from the Sydney South junior competition in the U15 and U17 age groups.  

Each year St George extends an invitation to each of the junior clubs in the Sydney South junior zone, to nominate six to eight U15 and U17 footballers to participate in monthly training sessions conducted by the St George senior coaching group at Olds Park.  Players already involved in the Swans and Giants Academy programs are ineligible to participate, which provides a specific pathway for the next tier of players to gain further development and playing experience.

The program not only provides local junior talent with exposure to senior level training standards, but also assists in the transition of players from junior to senior football.  Not surprisingly, since 2013, many of the junior participants in the St George Academy Program have made the successful transition to senior football at St George, and several are now playing Premier Division football with the club.

The program itself runs over the course of six months, moving through skill development activities to game sense and decision making drills. Subject to availability, guest coaches from the Swans and Giants Academies have run sessions for the group, and many of the U17 Academy members get the opportunity to join the St George U19 Division 1 team as top-up players during the season. 

Information about junior club nominations and participation in the St George Academy, is available through Academy Coordinator Mr Andrew Wynn on 0418 287849.  

Junior Club Pathways

St George has a junior club pathway with 7 junior clubs.
Bankstown Bull Sharks JAFC
Kelso Park North - Henry Lawson Drive, Panania
President: Tim Hall
0414 017 369
Bangor Tigers JAFC
Barden Ridge Oval - Barden Ridge
President: Daniel Aylward
0408 355 438
Cronulla Sharks JAFC
Gwawley Oval - Box Rd, Taren Point
President: Justin Meehan
0427 109 032
Penshurst Panthers JAFC
Olds Park - Forest Rd, Penshurst
President: Natasha Clayton
0416 160 311
Miranda Bombers JAFC
Lincoln Oval - Rawson Ave, Sutherland
President: Andrew Briggs
0419 707 747
Heathcote Engadine Hawks JAFC
Heathcote Oval - Wilson Parade, Heathcote
President: Lisa Coombs
0431 057 557
Ramsgate Rams JAFC
Tonbridge Oval - Tonbridge St, Ramsgate
President: Phil Gabriel