Women’s AFL High Performance Academy

Posted: June 10, 2010 in AFL
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 Day 1 – In Melbourne

 For those of you who don’t know I am in Melbourne this week as part of the AFL Women’s High Performance Academy, and, as per a request from SWAFL’s webmaster extradionaire/roving reporter Lance Yu, I’m writing about the experience in this blog.

At the National Championships in Perth last year 3 of us SWAFL players were lucky to be chosen for the Academy (Newtown player’s Nat Redford and Roxy McGee being the other 2) and so found ourselves checking onto an early flight Thursday to Melbourne on Thursday morning. With this being the first academy for women’s AFL players at a national level it was fair to say I had very little expectation of what it would be like.

After being welcomed by the head of Female Football Development, Jan Cooper, and introduced to the various coaches and managers that we will be working with over the next few days, we launched into the program visiting the home of the Melbourne Demons Football Club. We picked up some drills, advice and a behind-the-scenes look at a professional football club from their own coaches, players, nutritionist, and head scout. The Demons have an affiliation with the Victorian Women’s League and their commitment to developing women’s football in Victoria is both refreshing and progressive in a way that is all too rarely seen. Could the Swans or GWS play a similar role in New South Wales in the future?

After that we got stuck into medical testing and, later on, role model and leadership workshops with the AIS AFL High Performance coach Jason McCartney. Above all I was surprised by the friendliness and professionalism of everyone involved in the Academy. You can really see how states like Victoria and Western Australia have raised the standard of women’s Aussie Rules and it bodes well for the future. They are stars on obviously, but also off the field, with their preparation, drive and focus on team and teammates, and to be honest I’m a little scared about having to play against some of them on Monday!

  1. lance says:

    lovely thank you Marie!

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