AFL & AFLW Football Academy

At Court Grammar we aim to find boys and girls with a passion for AFL and use this passion to help develop them into elite footballers. Via a structured progression from primary to secondary school, students are exposed to professional coaches, athletes and resources during school contact time to excel the learning of our great Australian game.

Online Application Form - Applications for 2020 are now closed

2020 Intake Information

2018 AFL/W Review


Thank you to all of the students who trialled on 26/27 March 2019. We look forward to the next trials in October 2019. Application forms for the these trials will be made available 2 September 2019.

Academy Programs

Year 5 and 6 skill acquisition program

A skill acquisition program is based on the principles of current literature on athlete learning:

  • A massed-based approach to skill development
  • Correct marking, kicking, handballing and tackling are the core themes of every session
  • AFL fundamentals and technique are very hard to reteach after the age of 12.

Our core ethos for this program is 'No amount of running or fitness training can compensate for quality skill acquisition'.

Year 7 - 10 game sense program (Including year 10 Melbourne Tour)

The game sense program is based on developing traditional basics of the game and current AFL ball movement patterns.

  • High quality coaches expose students to game style drills that will transfer their learning from training to competition, to ensure athletes move the ball towards goal the most efficient and effective way
  • Traditional basics of the game are drilled into students to ensure team orientated athletes are developed
  • Implementation of the ever-changing games styles and ball movement used in AFL
  • Familiarisation of WAFL development squads game styles.

Every athlete has the capacity to further develop their AFL abilities at all times. We use this knowledge to excel our students understanding of the game and hone in on any deficiencies they may possess.

Year 10 Melbourne Tour

When the AFL/W Academy athletes reach year 10, they'll have the opportunity to be involved in the annual AFL/W Academy Melbourne tour. The tour occurs over the extended June/July holiday period and provides students with access to the following;

  • AFL club tours
  • Play in competitive matches against a variety of Victorian schools
  • Opportunities to listen to information provided by AFL talent recruiters
  • Opportunities to listen to information provided by AFL player managers
  • Watch live AFL matches at both major arena's (MCG and Marvell Stadium)
  • Meet and greet with past and present AFL and AFL/W players

Year 11 and 12 high performance program (2020 and beyond)

In 2020 when the first intake of AFL/W Academy students reach Senior Secondary age, students will have the opportunity to be apart of the AFL/W Academy during a 5 period allotment. This will coincide and work in conjunction with either a certificate course (Certificate 2 in Sport and Recreation) or Physical Education Studies ATAR. This allows both ATAR and non ATAR bound students the opportunity to continue to be apart of the AFL/W Academy within these classes.

AFL/W Academy students will also have access to the Wormall Civil training organisation, whereby students within the AFL/W Academy have exclusive access to the Certificate 2 in Civil Construction course that they provide. The Wormall family has had strong connections with the school since it's establishment and played an integral part in the resourcing for the commencement of the AFL/W Academy.

The high performance program aims to introduce some of the rigors of an elite footballer. Students are guided in behaving and living to the standards of a professional athlete by;

  • Developing and adhering to strength and conditions benchmarks
  • Creating and following nutrition plans
  • Training focus is based on analysis of match performances
  • Recovery strategies and in-season maintenance regimes.
  • All students should leave CGS with a sound knowledge of what it takes to be a professional athlete and understand the expectations of professional and semi-professional athletes.


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Head of AFL Academy and CGS Physical Education Learning Area Coordinator

WAFL East Fremantle League 2013-2018, 72 games

VFL Bendigo Bombers League 2008-2010, 30 games

Level II AFL Coach

WAFL South Fremantle Colts, Tall/Assistant Coach, 2018-Present

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AFLW Head Coach and CGS Physical Education Teacher

Fremantle Docker's AFLW 2016-present

Fremantle Docker's AFLW Leadership Group 2018 - present

WAWFL East Fremantle

WAFC U16 South Metro Development Squad, Assistant Coach, 2018 - present


Sophie McLean

AFLW Specialist and CGS Physical Education Teacher

WAWFL East Fremantle

West Coast Eagles AFLW Development Squad member 2018-present

Level I AFL Coach


AFL/W Academy Ambassador

Each year CGS nominates Senior School students (year 11 and/or 12) to be recognised formally as the AFL/W Academy Ambassador. In order to gain recognition for this status, the senior student must display a dedicated work ethic towards their football aspirations/development, as well a strong commitment to their schooling and community involvement. The Ambassador's role is to mentor the younger Academy members, whereby they join in on younger age groups training sessions and assist in the development of the younger athletes.

In 2019 Zoe Chatfield, Johann Lotter and Josh Elphick will be the AFL/W Academy ambassadors.

Academy Timetable

Year 5 Boys: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 6 Boys: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 5/6 Girls: Tuesday & Thursday

Year 7: Monday & Wednesday

Year 8 : Tuesday & Friday

Year 9: Wednesday & Friday

Year 10 : Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.

Withdrawing from the AFL/W Program

If your child wishes to withdraw from the AFL/W Academy they are required to write a formal letter to the Head of the Academy, Mr James Bristow.

The CGS AFL/W Academy is proudly supported by

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Cnr Bishop and Soldiers Roads
Mundijong, Western Australia

Locked Bag 1
Mundijong WA 6123

PHONE (+61 8) 9526 5000
FAX (+61 8) 9525 9130