This week, the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre is playing host to 49 aspiring female footballers from right across Australia.
Forty-eight of the players, including the NT’s Stephanie Williams, are part of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Academy squad, while the extra player is Darwin-based 19-year-old Tayla Hart-Aluni, who is joining the camp as a ‘train-on’.
The Academy is for the best up and coming 16 and 17-year-old footballers who have been talent scouted ahead of their eligible draft years. The program includes training sessions and opportunities with AFLW clubs as well as two high-performance camps for accelerated Australian Football and personal development.
This year is the fourth intake of Academy players and the largest (52 players in total across Level 1 and Level 2) to-date, which accounts for the introduction of four new NAB AFLW teams in 2020.
It is the second time that the AFLW Academy has come to the MLLLC for a high-performance camp, with December 2017 being their last visit.
Watch the video below to see the NT’s Stephanie Williams and Tayla Hart-Aluni speak about their aspirations and say that they’re loving showing the others what their home is about. Sisters from Queensland, Maddison and Teagan Levi, also speak about the great Indigenous insights they’ve gained so far, while AFL National Talent Manager, Tarkyn Lockyer details what the camp is all about.