GWS Giants Academy graduates in demand17/08/2016
In 2009, the AFL Commission granted the Greater Western Sydney Giants zoned access to AFL players from NSW, ACT and the Northern Territory.
The Giants Academy has ten Regional Centres of Excellence based in Broken Hill, Wentworth, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Griffith, Western Sydney, Orange/Bathurst and the South Coast. The Giants Academy is designed to provide development pathways for young players across this vast region to help them reach their goals of making an AFL list.
The Academy has around 500 boys in its program aged between 13 and 19. The Academy offers players individual skill development programs.
The great majority of drafted graduates from the Academy are drafted by the Giants and Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Geelong and St Kilda have also drafted Academy graduates.
The Academy holds try out sessions for those wanting to be considered for the program. The sessions consist of physical testing, skills testing and game sense drills.