AFL & AFLW Football Academy

At SJGS we aim to find boys and girls with a passion for AFL and use this passion to help develop them into elite footballers. Via a structured progression from primary to secondary school, students are exposed to professional coaches, athletes and resources during school contact time to excel their learning of our great Australian game.

2020 Intake Information

Term 1 Academy update

Mid Year Academy Update 


Thank you to all of the students who trialled on September 4 & 5. We look forward to the next trials in April 2019. Please see the below application form for these trials.

2019 (midyear) & 2020 intake application forms available here

Academy Programs

Year 5 and 6 skill acquisition program

A skill acquisition program is based on the principles of current literature on athlete learning:

  • A massed-based approach to skill development
  • Correct marking, kicking, handballing and tackling are the core themes of every session
  • AFL fundamentals and technique are very hard to reteach after the age of 12.

Our core ethos for this program is 'No amount of running or fitness training can compensate for quality skill acquisition'.

Year 7 - 10 game sense program (Including year 10 Melbourne Tour)

The game sense program is based on developing traditional basics of the game and current AFL ball movement patterns.

  • High quality coaches expose students to game style drills that will transfer their learning from training to competition, to ensure athletes move the ball towards goal the most efficient and effective way
  • Traditional basics of the game are drilled into students to ensure team orientated athletes are developed
  • Implementation of the ever-changing games styles and ball movement used in AFL
  • Familiarisation of WAFL development squads game styles.

Every athlete has the capacity to further develop their AFL abilities at all times. We use this knowledge to excel our students understanding of the game and hone in on any deficiencies they may possess.

Year 10 Melbourne Tour

When the AFL/W Academy athletes reach year 10, they'll have the opportunity to be involved in the annual AFL/W Academy Melbourne tour. The tour occurs over the extended June/July holiday period and provides students with access to the following;

  • AFL club tours
  • Play in competitive matches against a variety of Victorian schools
  • Opportunities to listen to information provided by AFL talent recruiters
  • Opportunities to listen to information provided by AFL player managers
  • Watch live AFL matches at both major arena's (MCG and Marvell Stadium)
  • Meet and greet with past and present AFL and AFL/W players

Year 11 and 12 high performance program (2020 and beyond)

In 2020 when the first intake of AFL/W Academy students reach Senior Secondary age, students will have the opportunity to be apart of the AFL/W Academy during a 5 period allotment. This will coincide and work in conjunction with either a certificate course (Certificate 2 in Sport and Recreation) or Physical Education Studies ATAR. This allows both ATAR and non ATAR bound students the opportunity to continue to be apart of the AFL/W Academy within these classes.

AFL/W Academy students will also have access to the Wormall Civil training organisation, whereby students within the AFL/W Academy have exclusive access to the Certificate 2 in Civil Construction course that they provide. The Wormall family has had strong connections with the school since it's establishment and played an integral part in the resourcing for the commencement of the AFL/W Academy.

The high performance program aims to introduce some of the rigors of an elite footballer. Students are guided in behaving and living to the standards of a professional athlete by;

  • Developing and adhering to strength and conditions benchmarks
  • Creating and following nutrition plans
  • Training foci is based on analysis of match performances
  • Recovery strategies and in-season maintenance regimes.
  • All students should leave SJGS with a sound knowledge of what it takes to be a professional athlete and understand the expectations of professional and semi-professional athletes.


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Head of AFL Academy and SJGS Physical Education Learning Area Coordinator

WAFL East Fremantle League 2013-2018, 72 games

VFL Bendigo Bombers League 2008-2010, 30 games

Level II AFL Coach

WAFL South Fremantle Colts, Tall/Assistant Coach, 2018-present

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AFLW Head Coach and SJGS Physical Education Teacher

Fremantle Docker's AFLW 2016-present

Fremantle Docker's AFLW Leadership Group, 2018-present

WAWFL East Fremantle

WAFC U16 South Metro Development Squad, Assistant Coach, 2018 - present


Sophie McLean

AFLW Specialist and SJGS Physical Education Teacher

WAWFL East Fremantle

West Coast Eagles AFLW Development Squad member 2018-present

Level I AFL Coach

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AFLW Specialist

Fremantle Docker's AFLW 2016-present

WAWFL 2008-2017 Team of the decade

WAAFL East Fremantle

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AFLW Specialist

Collingwood Magpies AFLW 2016-present

WAWFL 2008-2017 Team of the decade

WAAFL East Fremantle

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Each year SJGS nominates Senior School students (year 11 and/or 12) to be recognised formally as the AFL/W Academy Ambassador. In order to gain recognition for this status, the senior student must display a dedicated work ethic towards their football aspirations/development, as well a strong commitment to their schooling and community involvement. The Ambassador's role is to mentor the younger Academy members, whereby they join in on younger age groups training sessions and assist in the development of the younger athletes.

In 2018 Kate Inglis-Hodge is the AFL/W Academy ambassador. Kate started her football career at the end of year 9 after she participated in the Docker's Cup lightning carnival. From this day onwards, Kate has dedicated many hours towards her football development and has since been apart of the State U/15 team to tour Queensland in 2016 and is currently involved in the State U/18's talent Academy. Kate has recently been inducted in the inaugural West Coast Eagles talent Academy in preparation for their AFLW team for 2020.

Kate is also the 2018 Head Girl and Sport Prefect at SJGS.

Academy Uniform

Students in the Academy have the privilege  of wearing their Academy polo shirt with sport shorts and shoes for both Summer & Winter terms on the following days;

Year 5 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

Year 5 Boys : Tuesday & Friday

Year 6 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

Year 6 Boys: Tuesday & Friday

Year 7 Boys: Tuesday & Friday

Year 7 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

Year 8/9 Girls & Boys: Monday & Wednesday.

Withdrawing from the AFL/W Program

If your child wishes to withdraw from the AFL/W Academy they are required to write a formal letter to the Head of the Academy, Mr James Bristow.

The SJGS AFL/W Academy is proudly supported by

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Cnr Bishop and Soldiers Roads
Mundijong, Western Australia

Locked Bag 1
Mundijong WA 6123

PHONE (+61 8) 9526 5000
FAX (+61 8) 9525 9130