Online Applications

Applications for the 2019 program open on Tuesday 7th August 2018 and close on Friday 19th October 2018

Applications are open until Monday 3rd September for Coach Nominations,   Download form at our website.   


Inverell RSM afl Program

NIAS 2018 Boys Squad:

Jack Dadd- Tamworth

Morgan Dunn- Walcha

Cam Gaukroger- Inverell

Ed George- Tamworth

Will George- Tamworth

Jared Martin- Inverell

Lachie Martin- Inverell

Brayden Macey- Moree

Dylan Moore- Armidale

William Mozzell- Inverell

Joshua Miron- Armidale

George Wood- Inverell

Munroe Wood- Inverell


NIAS 2018 Girls Squad:

Ashleigh Cox- Inverell

Daisy George- Tamworth

Kyla Hamilton- Inverell

Montana Harvey- Glen Innes

Kelsie Julius- Inverell

Sophie Kastelein- Inverell

Kayla Sims- Inverell

Courtney Whitton- Mullaley


Coaching Team - 2018 
Head Coach - Alan Martin 
Manager - Sonia Martin
Trainee Coach -  Ben Ellis
Assistant Coach Junior Boys - Jamie Moore
Assistant Coach Elite Squad - Hayden Chappel 
Assistant Coach Youth Girls - Aaron Harvey
Assistant Coach Youth Girls -  Samantha Barber
Assistant Manager Youth Girl - Robyn Harvey
Strength & Conditioning Coach - Matt Pine


Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male athletes will be separated into three squads, U10-U13 (born 2006-2008), U14-U15 (born 2005 - 2004) 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 2019 (born 2002 to 2006), 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.





10th  February 2018 - Sunday - NIAS Induction/GROWTH Day


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 GROWTH 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, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  TBC

AFL Clothing Pack:  $250 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.

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


Open Date: 7 August 2018
Close Date: 19 October 2018

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.