The Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) held two recent trials for an AFL boys and AFL girls program and was delighted with the interested by athletes trailing for positions. Both programs are structured to align with the development pathway of ALF NSW/ACT and interest shown by athletes was outstanding.
Another very pleasing aspect was the interest by volunteer coaches to support the growth in both programs. In 2018 the CCAS piloted a junior boys program to ‘test’ the waters and following the success of the pilot program a junior girls program has been introduced as part of the CCAS suite of sports programs. In all some 60+ athletes trialed for positions with an expected uptake of 24 athletes into each program. The two programs will provide an opportunity for 48 junior AFL players and this entry mirrors the highly successful Hunter Academy of Sport AFL.Program.
Robyn Low-Hart the Programs Manager for the CCAS said of the pending programs: “It is really pleasing to see the growth in the numbers trialing for these programs. The CCAS has done a lot of work in building awareness that these programs are available for the junior age groups. I anticipate that these two programs will continue to grow and will eventually form an underpinning program to the highly acclaimed Sydney Swans Academy. What’s also very pleasing is the growth in our coach numbers, again this is really significant for the sport and another real benefit that the CCAS brings to the sports sector of the region. I can’t thank our Head Coach Mitch Ede enough; Mitch is doing some really outstanding things for AFL on the Central Coast.”
Mitch Ede the Head Coach of the AFL program made comment: “I’m really excited about this Seasons program with the addition of a talented female pathway to run in conjunction with our boy’s talent program. We have increased the opportunities in the program for our athletes to learn and further develop and have also identified some quality Coaches to support our players throughout. The numbers at the trials were fantastic and the talent for both programs has been really strong and very pleasing. We are thrilled to work with these selected young people over the next 6 months and see them demonstrate their talents at the Your Local Club Academy Games in April and throughout the 2020 season. We appreciate the ongoing support we receive from the Central Coast Academy and look forward to the growth of these programs in the coming years”.