WA State Academy
The WA State Academy program is an elite football environment that focuses on individual player development. It is centred on the development of the person and their ability to contribute in a team environment.
The Academy is divided into two separate but closely aligned programs. The WA 16’s State Academy is designed for players aged 16 and acts as the initial introduction to a state based elite football program. The WA 18’s State Academy is the next phase of the Academy journey and caters for 17 and 18 year olds.
WA State Academy - Philosophies
- To select the most talented developing players available ie players who demonstrate the most distinct attributes to progress into WAFL senior football and / or AFL football;
- A year long commitment to academy members;
- A holistic approach to player development;
- Emphasise individual player development within a team context;
- Academy staff to work in partnership with WAFL colts staff / WAFL development coaches to develop individual players;
- Involvement in the Academy does not automatically include participation in the NAB National Championships.
WA State Academy - Objectives
- To create an environment that is enjoyable, positive and fosters individual learning styles;
- Contribute to the development of skills, physical attributes, football knowledge, personal growth and self esteem of all players;
- The Academy to be a key tool in the broader strategy of developing coaches;
WA State Academy – Selection Process
- Nominations from WAFL clubs;
- Upon viewing the nomination, State Academy selectors finalise composition of squad;
- The preferred pathway for all players is to be playing with their WAFL club;
- Selector’s have the capacity to add players to the Academy as the season progresses;
WA State Academy – Staff
The WA State Academy has a tremendous group of dedicated staff who oversee the development of the players.
|Craig||Starcevich||High Performqance Manager|
|Jay||Burton||Academy Ruck Coach|
|Steve||Wasley||Academy Ruck Coach|
|Craig||Nelson||Academy Ruck Coach|
|18's||Ken||Ferguson||Chairman of Selectors|
|18's & 16's||Sam||Robertson||Biomechanist|
|16's||Shane||Yardley||Chairman of Selectors|
|16's||Raff||Guadagnino||High Performance Coordinator|