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.

Term 1 Academy update


Thank you to all of the students who trialled on April 10 and 11, we look forward to the next trials in September 2018. Please see the below application form for these trials.

2019 AFL Academy Application Form

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

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 develop squad 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 11 and 12 high performance program (2020 and beyond)

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-present, 66 games

VFL Bendigo Bombers League 2008-2010, 30 games

Level II AFL Coach

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AFLW Specialist and SJGS Physical Education Teacher

Fremantle Docker's AFLW 2016-present

WAAFL East Fremantle

Sophie McLean

AFL Specialist and SJGS Physical Education Teacher

WAAFL East Fremantle

West Coast Eagles AFLW Development Squad member 2018-present

Level I AFL Coach

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AFLW Specilist

Fremantle Docker's AFLW 2016-present

WAAFL 2008-2017 Team of the decade

WAAFL East Fremantle

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AFLW Specialist

Collingwood Magpies AFLW 2016-present

WAAFL 2008-2017 Team of the decade

WAAFL East Fremantle

Academy Uniform

Students in the Academy have the privilege  of wearing their Academy polo shirt with sport shorts and shoes on the following days.

Year 5 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

Year 5 Boys : Tuesday & Wednesday

Year 6 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

Year 6 Boys: Tuesday & Wednesday

Year 7 Boys: Tuesday & Friday

Year 7 Girls: Tuesday & Friday

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


Cnr Bishop and Soldiers Roads
Mundijong, Western Australia

Locked Bag 1
Mundijong WA 6123

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