Online Applications

Applications for the 2020 program open on Tuesday the 27th August 2019 and close on Friday 19th October 2019.

Male athletes will be separated into three squads, U10-U13 (born 2007-2009), U14-U15 (born 2006 - 2005) and U17 (born 2002-2003), reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Female athletes should be aged between 13 and 17 in 2020 (born 2003 to 2007), reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

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Coach Nomination applications are open until Friday 25th October, Download form here or at our website.   

2019 "Inverell RSM" afl Program

2019 BOYS:


Lachie Martin                         Inverell

Morgan Dunn                         Walcha


William Mozzell                      Inverell

James Vallender                    Tamworth

Tom Maher                             Gunnedah

Jordan Sue-Fong                    Inverell

Jasper Thomas                       Gunnedah

Nicholas Buckland                  Walcha

Hayden Baker                        Gunnedah

Cameron Holton                     Gunnedah

Will McLachlan                       Inverell

Timothy Beattie                      Inverell

Liam Beattie                          Inverell

Riley Sandral                         Inverell


Sebastian Blair                      Inverell

Dylan Moore                          Armidale

Ryan Newton                         Inverell

Rhyley Thom                         Inverell

Camden Sparke-Gaukroger  Inverell

Benjamin Cox                        Inverell

William Tydd                          Tamworth

Jack Dadd                             Tamworth

Joshua Miron                         Armidale

Jared Martin                          Inverell

Will George                          Tamworth


Alex Woods                          Glen Innes

Benjamin Hope                    Inverell

Lachlan Newton                   Inverell

George Wood                       Inverell

Munroe Wood                      Inverell

Diesel  Harvey                     Glen Innes

Joshua Vallender                 Tamworth          

Jacob Thorsen                     Armidale

Cooper Taveira                    Inverell

Mallee Martin                       Inverell

Ryan Knee                           Tamworth


Jayden Budda-Deen            Inverell

Dalton Richards                   Inverell

Flynn   Brymer                     Inverell

Charlie Hope                        Inverell

Rory Cuddihy                       Tamworth

Ewan Wood                          Inverell

Damon Martin                       Inverell


2019 GIRLS:

Ashleigh Cox               Inverell

Kyla Hamilton              Inverell

Bryttany Frost             Tamworth

Kayla Sims                  Inverell

Daisy George              Tamworth

Koralea Frost              Tamworth

Sophie Kastelein        Inverell

Tyla Mair                    Inverell

Montana Harvey        Glen Innes

Chloe Newman          Inverell

Program Head coach Alan Martin
Program Manager -  TBC

NIAS Top end, Sydney Swans Academy and AFLW NSW U/18 NIAS Development
Coach - Alan Martin
Assistant Coach - Matt Pine

Strength/ Conditioning Coach - Matt Pine

U/18 Boys
Coach - Hayden Chapel
Assistant Coach – Bailey Gardner
Manager TBC

U/16 Boys
Coach – Matt Harrison
Manager TBC

U/14 Boys
Coach - Gerard Taveira
Manager – Meg Wood

U/12 Boys
Coach - Ben Ellis
Manager – Meg Wood

 Youth Girls U/17
Coach- Georgia Strang
Assistant Coach - Maddie Dadd
Manager – Stacy Hamilton




Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male athletes will be separated into three squads, U10-U13 (born 2007-2010), U14-U15 (born 2006 - 2005) and U17 (born 2003-2004), reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association or be prepared to join.

Female athletes should be aged between 13 and 17 in 2020 (born 2003 to 2007), reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association 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 2018 to August 2019.


21/10/17 – Selection trials – 10am Sporting Complex, Eucalypt Drive, Inverell

28/10/17 – Successful applicants notified by this date 10am to 12pm Sporting Complex, Eucalypt Drive, Inverell

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads 

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

10/02/19 – NIAS Growth & Induction day plus Regional Training - Armidale.

TBC –  Regional Training – Armidale with NIAS Netball

TBC – Regional Training – All Squads

TBC - NIAS Awards Night in Tamworth 

Dates TBA

– Senior Boys Elite Squad – Tour 


#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 TAFL 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.

In February 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: 25 November 2019

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

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I am applying for a position into the Northern Inland Academy of Sport Talent Development Program. If selected, I agree to fulfill all obligations to the Academy Program.
Parent Declaration*
I have read and understand the information provided for this program and give my child/ward permission to apply for a position in the NIAS Program.


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