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About the academy

The Carlton Football Club Next Generation Academy is an elite talent program for boys and girls 11 – 15 years of age, aimed at increasing the opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to learn about and play the game of Australian Rules football. This program includes both on-field skills development, as well as off-field educational components which will allow the Academy participants to prepare for the elite environment AFL football provides.

Participants will undertake skills training, drills and games on field under the guidance of our highly skilled and qualified coaches. Off-field, the participants will also undertake education and training sessions including Cultural Awareness Training, Performance Mindset Programs, Nutritional/ Dietary information sessions and Social Media Personal Branding seminars.

Carlton Footballl Club has been allocated the Northern corridor of Melbourne and to be eligible to participate in Carlton’s NGA, participants must reside from the regions of Whittlesea, Darebin, Nillumbik, Banyule and part of Yarra. Please see below for specific post codes.

3067, 3078, 3081, 3097, 3753, 3088, 3083, 3054, 3775, 3068, 3066, 3099, 3089, 3757, 3095, 3076, 3078, 3065, 3068, 3088, 3084, 3081, 3757, 3099, 3079, 3097, 3763, 3778, 3083, 3075, 3093, 3085, 3754, 3082, 3094, 3113, 3070, 3099, 3759, 3090, 3072, 3095, 3073, 3084, 3760, 3752, 3761, 3088, 3099, 3074, 3071, 3084, 3087, 3096, 3750, 3755, 3085, 3755, 3091.

Whilst the Academy Program is open to those of all backgrounds, Carlton Football Club strongly encourages girls and boys from multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to register and attend the Next Generation Academy. Previous football experience is not a requirement to participate in the academy.

Eventually our highly talented Multicultural or Indigenous players who have graduated through the Carlton Next Generation Academy and meet certain criteria can be eligible to be drafted to Carlton’s AFL side via a Next Generation Academy concession system.