Programs and Initiatives

AFL Indigenous Academies Western Sydney – Blacktown and Campbelltown

Funded by the Australian Government’s Sporting Chance Program, the Indigenous Academies focus on educational, cultural and leadership outcomes.

The seven partner High Schools include Rooty Hill, Plumpton, Doonside, Macquarie Fields, Sarah Redfern, James Meehan, and Ingleburn.

The Academies commenced in 2006 and have continuously grown each year. The program is available to all Indigenous students from Year 7 to Year 12 in each of the schools.

Indigenous Talent Program

AFL NSW/ACT want to build strong young leaders by giving them the opportunity to participate and learn new skills in all aspects in life and to then take these skills back to their communities and share their knowledge.

This program also provides an additional pathway to elite sporting opportunities.


U15 Talent Program

In 2012 we selected a team of 23 players to represent NSW/ACT at the National U15 Indigenous Championships on the Gold Coast. From this program, the Flying Boomerangs national team is selected.

This is a personal development and leadership program incorporating a match series against developing international countries (South Africa 2006 and 2008, PNG 2009, Tonga 2010 and Fiji in December 2011).

In 2013, the Flying Boomerangs will travel to South Africa to play two exhibition matches with local teams. NSW/ACT have 3 players and the first official umpire participating on the tour.

  • Ben Davis (Maroubra)
  • Jamarrah Firebrace (Moama)
  • Tyler Cubby (Moama)
  • Hayden Banks (Wagga Wagga) - Umpire

National Programs supported by AFL NSW/ACT

  • Rio Tinto "Footy Means Business" 50 Players (18-23yrs) match and engagement activities
  • AFL/AFLPA Indigenous All Stars Camp, training and community engagement activities
  • Flying Boomerangs Camp

Key Events/Engagement

AFL NSW/ACT participate and support local community events and encourage engagement and participation from all communities in the following events:

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Yabun Festival
  • AFL Indigenous Round
  • Marn Grook -  Swans v Essendon

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