Matthew Green from Sporties Spitfires (Tennant Creek) and Michael Mummery from the Nightcliff Football Club (Darwin) have been named in the Level 2 Squad of 32 players selected into the NAB AFL Academy as part of its twenty-first intake into the program after the Level 1 squad was released in August.
Under the guidance of NAB AFL Academy Head Coach Luke Power and Assistant Coaches, Brad Johnson, Peter Sumich and Brent Harvey the squad will come together for accelerated AFL football and personal development camps to be help in Australia and overseas over the next 12 months.
The first camp will take place in Darwin in late November based at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre before the squad will travel to the world-renowned IMG Academy in Florida USA in January 2018 for a High Performance Training camp where players will prepare for their AFL Draft year.
AFLNT High Performance Manager Wally Gallio says “Matt and Michael have worked hard to earn their selection in the National Level 2 Academy on the back of consistent performances at National Academies, and Allies for Matt.”
“Michael came back from a serious illness to show selectors he has the required work ethic and talent to be re-selected after being selection in the Level 1 Academy in 2016”.
“Both players played well in the AFL Futures game played in Geelong the day before the AFL Grand Final, and impressed selectors with their consistent performances both playing forward and in the midfield.
Over two decades, the NAB AFL Academy has produced 464 Drafted players including Territorians Cyril Rioli and Steven May.
AFL International and National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said: “The NAB AFL Academy continues into its third decade to provide accelerated development for our next generation of AFL Stars. As well as a major focus on the playing side of their development the Academy will again look to nurture our future leaders of the game with the environment created under Luke Power.”
The NAB AFL Academy is part of the NAB AFL Rising Star Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL. The NAB AFL Rising Stars Program comprises the following elements:
• NAB AFL Rising Star
• NAB AFL Draft
• NAB AFL Draft Combine
• NAB AFL Trade Period
• NAB AFL Under-18 Championships
• NAB AFL Academy
• NAB AFL Under-16 Championships
NAB has been supporting footy from grassroots to the elite level since 2002