TAKEN as pick No. 10 in the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft, Annie Lee has felt at home in Navy Blue, now she has become the newest recruit to the Carlton College of Sport Football Development Program.  

Lee joined the program at the beginning of the year with the aim to continue working on her craft, build into a strong AFLW season, and be able to pair her training with a university education.  

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Carlton College of Sport | Student stories - Annie Lee

Football Development student and Carlton AFLW player Annie Lee speaks about her experiences balancing study and football at the Carlton College of Sport.

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How have you found the Carlton College of Sport experience so far? Both studying at IKON Park and undertaking the Football Development Program? 

I’m really enjoying the experience at Carlton College to be able to study here at the club as well as refine my skills and to be apart of an elite program is really good. 

Would you say the quality and standards set by the coaches of the Football Development Program are aligned with those of your AFLW trainings? 

The standard here at Carlton College is quite important. We strive on all the little things – when we are doing the drills it’s with a high level of intensity which align with the AFLW program. 

How beneficial are you and the group finding the access to 1:1 mentoring with the different coaches? 

Both myself and the group are finding it extremely beneficial to have the one-on-one coaching here at CCoS. We are able to work with the high-performance team and both the AFL and AFLW coaches. 

To get that one-on-one experience with them and be able to learn from their wealth of is extremely beneficial. 

How do you feel the Football Development Program is preparing you for the upcoming AFLW pre-season and season ahead? 

The program is helping me set up for a really strong pre-season. To then go into pre-season feeling confident, ready and have the ability to work on my skills in the program will make it even better. 

Who would you recommend this program to? 

For anyone wanting to be involved in studying sport and being around people who like the sporting environment. Also, for those who want to refine their football skills and define what they want to do with their footy. 

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