The IAS AFL Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented AFL players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to state team selection trials in April. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club or school-based training.
The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:
Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State Teams
Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in Female AFL competition nationwide
Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected
Lee Murray, Head Coach
Thomas Dore, Assistant Coach
Bentley Murphy, Assistant Coach
Cameron Bailey, Assistant Coach
Mikayla Sheahan, Assistant Coach
Sheree Mason, Manager
Strength & Conditioning
To be eligible for an IAS AFL Scholarship, athletes must:
Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee and
Be a registered member with AFL NSW through an Association within the Illawarra region
Between the ages of 15 to 19 during the scholarship i.e. born in 2002 – 2006
Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.
Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;
Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in AFL
Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW state teams
The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence
NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS AFL Squad.
Trial dates for 2021-22 coming soon
The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.
Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS AFL squad uniform.