Depending on ability and time a player can commit to playing football, players aged 13-19 (Grades 13-19) can play in teams following either the Social or Academy pathway, with the option to change teams / pathways each season.
Our social pathway provides the opportunity for players to play in teams largely based on player preferences (e.g. play with specific friends, in a previous team, etc) and with a commitment to one training per week plus a game. 13th Grade social players may also choose to register and attend Skill Centre training as a second weekly training.
For male players following the Social pathway once they are too old for U19 grade, it is anticipated that they would either move into one of our existing Senior Men’s Teams or form their own new Senior Men’s Team.
The Academy pathway provides players with potential the opportunity to train with the best coaches and train and play against the best players in their age group from across the region. Players following this pathway must be able to commit to 2-3 (depends upon team) training sessions a week plus a game. Academy players are identified during term 4 from players attending the Term 4 Academy identification sessions and those attending the Term 4 Championship/Conference player sessions. The group of Academy players is then finalised at the end of term 4. Youth mixed academy teams play in the Lotto NRFL Youth League.
Any players who are not in the Academy teams but would like to follow the pathway should attend the Mixed Player ID sessions (mixed teams) or Girls Player ID (girls only teams) in February to be considered for a Development Team. Players in Development teams will also be committed and competitive minded players, and they will also train 2x per week. Development teams will play in either the NRF Championship or NRF Conference League.
For male players following the Academy pathway once they are too old for U17 grade, it is anticipated that they would move into either the Premier Men or U23 squads.
Female players can choose to play in either Girls Only Teams or Mixed (Boys and Girls) Teams following either the Social or Academy pathway, with the option to change teams / pathways each season.