The Next Generation Academy (NGA) is a joint initiative between the AFL and St Kilda aimed at the attraction, retention and development of all talented players (male & female) whilst growing participation in the under-represented segments of our community.
Our junior academies are the Club’s talent offering for the talented boys or girls in our academy zone. We split our zone into two hubs:
- Northern hub which is integrated with the SMJFL’s interleague program and Sandringham Dragons U16-18 talent programs,
- Southern hub which is integrated with FDJFL’s interleague program and Dandenong Southern Stingrays U16-U18 talent program.
Our junior academies are focused on fundamental skill development and off field life skills of the participants with the objective of preparing the players for the pathway.
Part of the Next Generation Academy strategy is to provide additional opportunities to players from multicultural and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
Players who come from either of these backgrounds and who are identified through our junior academies, qualify for our Club’s elite squad which is focused on supporting the individual player’s development as they progress through the mainstream AFL Talent Pathway. The club has first access to these players at the AFL National Drafts as a mechanism of diversifying the AFL’s playing group.
AMC Indigenous Scholarship program
AMC Commercial Cleaning has partnered with St Kilda Football Club to award scholarships to young indigenous footballers from the bayside region.
The AMC Next Generation Academy Indigenous Scholarship has been set up to create a clear pathway for bayside indigenous kids to become better footballers and citizens, and to provide the required support for each scholarship holder as they progress within our academy.
Each scholarship holder is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, between the age of 13-17 and resides in the bayside region, and they were identified through either community football or other sports.