Online Applications

The 2020 NIAS Boys AFL squad has now been selected and applications are closed.

Check back later for our next intake!


Coach Nomination  Download form here or at our website.   

Program Head coach Alan Martin
Program Manager -  TBC

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes will be separated into three squads:

U10-U13 (Boys & Girls born 2007-2009)

U14-U15 (Boys born 2006 - 2005). Please note U14 year old girls (born 2006) are able to join boys. 

U17-U18 (Boys born 2002-2003) 

Female athletes will be separated into two squads

U15-U16  (born 2004 - 2005) 

U17-U18 (born 2003 - 2002) 


Athlete will also be required to be part of junior teams in the TAFL or be prepared to join.

Athletes applying for the NIAS AFL Squad are encouraged to join their local team in the TAFL U15 Junior Competition.





Selection Process

Up to 22 athletes per squad of both female and male athletes, across four different squads (total 88 athletes), may be offered a place in the AFL Program based on performances selection trials. A selection panel will assess each application based on performances and attitude and commitment to AFL.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period,  November 2019 to April 2020.


November 2019 – Selection trials – at Armidale Sport UNE. Date TBC

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads 

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

NIAS Life Skills Education Day - Armidale, Date TBC

TBC –  Regional Training 

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

TBC - NIAS Awards Night in Tamworth 



#Satellite Training is 2 to 3 nights per week in your local area.  It is based on the Strength & Conditioning program provided by the Sydney Swans Academy.


Program Outcomes

The program will offer each athlete the opportunity to further develop and improve skills. It is supported by the North West AFL Junior Competition who will feed players into the NIAS AFL Squad.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- fitness / athletic ability


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

Training camps will be held on Saturday or Sunday Mornings throughout the region. The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills and development. Fitness and skill sessions  will be the major focus as they look to develop the athletes in the game of AFL.  Athletes will have the opportunity to attend a Sydney Swans training, SCG training session and AFL Premiership match.

Athletes will attend the NIAS Life Skills Education Day. This program covers education sessions on Goal Setting, Resilience, Opportunities beyond sport, Wealth management, Testing and fitness, radio and print media and Healthy mind healthy body..

Satellite Training is 2 nights per week in your local area. It is based on the Strength & Conditioning program providing by the Sydney Swans Academy

Athlete Benefits

Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.

  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to the Annual Academy Awards
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • AFL is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

AFL Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 26 August 2019
Close Date: 30 March 2020

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed


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