2023 AFLW Academy program set to kick off

The 2023 AFLW Academy will participate in its first high-performance training camp in Victoria this weekend.

The 30 players selected in the sixth intake of the AFLW Academy were announced in November, with the squad featuring many of the country’s most promising footballers.

All players selected in the AFLW Academy were aged 17 as of January 1, 2023 and will be eligible for the 2023 AFLW Draft, following the 2023 AFLW season.

The AFLW Academy program is designed to prepare talented young players for entry into elite football programs.

Players will participate in high performance and personal development programs throughout the 2023 season. Program content will be delivered across three training camps and online modules.

This weekend’s camp will see players take part in a range of football and education sessions.

The camp will begin with a training session at The Hangar, the home of Essendon Football Club, from midday on Friday, January 20.

The squad will then travel to Geelong Grammar, where players will engage in additional football training sessions, and participate in education sessions and team-bonding activities across Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22.

National Academy Manager Tarkyn Lockyer said: “We are excited to have the AFLW Academy come together for their first camp of the 2023 program and look forward to working closely with this extremely promising group of players throughout the year.

“The 2023 AFLW Academy comprises players from every state and territory in Australia and features a selection of the most talented young female footballers in the country.

“The players involved in the AFLW Academy will take part in a specialised football program that will further develop elite training habits and enhance their skill set both on and off the field.

“Players will have access to elite coaching and facilities and will gain a first-hand experience of the professionalism and standards required to make it at the highest levels of our game.

“As well engaging in high performance and personal development sessions, players will also have the chance to connect with their peers by participating in team-bonding activities.”

This weekend’s camp will be followed by two additional camps later in the year, with the squad set to reconvene in April and June.

Continue below to view the 2023 AFLW Academy squad.

Brooke Barwick TAS Tasmania Devils Glenorchy
Molly Brooksby SA Norwood Golden Grove
Kyanne Campbell NT Northern Territory Thunder Pioneer
Georgia Clark TAS Tasmania Devils Glenorchy
Georgie Cleaver WA East Fremantle Rossmoyne
Rania Crozier QLD Brisbane Lions Academy Aspley
Darcie Davies QLD Gold Coast Suns Academy Southport
Amy Gaylor VIC M Calder Cannons Strathmore
Shineah Goody SA Woodville-West Torrens Henley
Tsharni Graham NT Northern Territory Thunder Palmerston
Elaine Grigg SA Central District Broadview
Jaime Henry WA Swan Districts Upper Swan
Lila Keck VIC C Bendigo Pioneers Strathfieldsaye
Bianca Lyne VIC C Dandenong Stingrays Mornington
Sienna McMullen QLD Gold Coast Suns Academy Burleigh
Olivia Morris NSW/ACT Sydney Swans Academy Pennant Hills
Sophie Peters QLD Brisbane Lions Academy Maroochydore
Alyssia Pisano VIC M Eastern Ranges Rowville Knights
Jessica Rentsch VIC C GWV Rebels Portland Tigers
Marnie Robinson NSW/ACT Sydney Swans Academy UTS
Matilda Scholz SA Glenelg Goodwood Saints
Kaitlyn Srhoj WA Peel Thunder Halls Head
Melanie Staunton NSW/ACT GWS Giants Academy Ulladulla
Laura Stone VIC M Eastern Ranges Lysterfield
Jess Vukic VIC M Eastern Ranges Vermont
Kristie-Lee Weston-Turner VIC M Western Jets Spotswood
Kiera Whiley VIC M Western Jets Caroline Springs
Mikayla Williamson VIC C Dandenong Stingrays Pines
Piper Window SA Glenelg Uraidla Districts
Lauren Young SA West Adelaide Goodwood Saints