Talent Advisory Group to strengthen NT Thunder program and grow NT talent pool


Expressions of interest are now open for AFLNT’s Talent Advisory Group which will focus on increasing the number of AFL and AFLW players listed from the Territory. AFLNT is looking for a mix of people who will bring versatile experiences and expertise to form this important group. 

AFLNT has a strong focus on growing its young players and creating pathways for Territory footy stars to play at a national level. The purpose of the Talent Advisory Group will be to make sure talent programs and associated support processes are in place in line with AFL National Guidelines to make this happen. 

“This is about making sure we have the best development opportunities, programs and platforms in place to support our young guns,” Head of AFLNT Stuart Totham said. 

“We need to maximise the number of NT players getting listed and the Talent Advisory Group will strengthen relationships with players, clubs and affiliated leagues to make this possible.” 

The group will also provide a platform for affiliated competitions and regional and remote stakeholders to contribute to the design, development and review of all Northern Territory State Academy underage talent pathway programs. 

“We are looking for representatives from all over the Territory to sit in on this group to make sure our programs and processes are robust and sustainable,” AFL Talent Manager NT Simon Hargrave said.

“We have a lot of natural talent in the Territory and we want to give these kids the best possible chance to develop their skills, regardless of if they’re based in Darwin, Katherine, Alice or a remote community.” 

AFL’s Talent Ambassador is keen to see local programs enhanced to continue growing grassroots football.  

“We have seen some amazing AFL players come from the Territory and we know there’s more where that came from,” Kevin Sheehan said. 
“This Talent Advisory Group will be instrumental in developing local footy talent and providing the best possible pathways to get to the national level of our game.”

Expressions of interest are open until 27 November 2020 with the first meeting of the Talent Advisory Group to take place in December. To download the expressions of interest form, click here. You can view the AFLNT Talent and High Performance Advisory Group document here.