Regional Youth Girls
Despite the growing popularity and interest in female football, there are still many areas across Western Australia where girls aged 13-17 do not have the opportunity to play AFL in the community.
Across the past 18 months the Stephen Michael Foundation has developed a number of pilot events, carnivals and competitions focused on youth girls in targeted regional areas including the Upper Great Southern (Narrogin, Katanning, Wagin, Kojonup and Boddington), Gascoyne (Carnarvon and Exmouth) and the Murchison (Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, Wiluna and Cue).
Following these pilot events training hubs have been set up in the Upper Great Southern and Gascoyne region to develop the most talented local female Footballers. The academies train once a week to enhance their talent and ease the transition down to play with South Fremantle Women’s Talent Squads. The academies are coached by local coaches who are continually being upskilled and developed by our coach coordinator Tony Micale.
Regional Youth Boys
The main premise of the regional Academies is to help upskill local players and then identify any that may be able to play for the South Fremantle Youth Development Squads and Colt’s programs. The South Fremantle Football Club have an established Talent Development squad in the Upper Great Southern however the SMF last year introduced the very first Gascoyne Talent squad comprising of the best 30 male players in the region.
The UGS squad were last year coached by Liam Anthony the SMF program Manager with local coaches coaching the Gascoyne squad.
For further information on the Stephen Michael Foundation Academies please contact Liam Anthony on 0408 929 960 or firstname.lastname@example.org