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The Carlton Football Club is proud to launch the Peter Dean Father-Son Academy, which aims to connect, develop and support the sons of former Carlton players.

The Academy has been the vision of Carlton’s General Manager of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni, who has been working to bring it to life since returning to Carlton.

“Carlton’s Father-Son Academy is about creating a sense of belonging,” Silvagni said.

“We want to give kids an experience, offer them a support network and strengthen their connection to the football club their fathers have done so much for.


Stephen and Sergio Silvagni. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)

“We also hope to harness and develop talent, which could one day see the sons of past players don the old dark navy blue themselves.

The father-son rule was established during the 1949 season. The first player officially cleared under the father-son rule was Harvey Dunn Jr. He was recruited to his father's old club Carlton in 1951, instead of being recruited to North Melbourne under zoning rules.

Carlton’s storied father-son history includes:

  • Sergio and Stephen Silvagni
  • Jim and Dylan Buckley
  • Graeme and Lance Whitnall
  • Vin and Jarrad Waite
  • Laurie and Peter Kerr
  • Harvey and Harvey Dunn Jr (first in VFL / AFL History)

The Peter Dean Father-Son Academy is proudly supported by nutritious food company 247, along with Carlton’s past players association the Spirit of Carlton.