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Game Development Academies

Women's & Girls' Academy

The Women’s and Girls’ Academy is an inclusive female academy that assist in the growth of female football at all levels from beginners to high performance programs. 

We aim to provide young female footballers of all abilities the opportunity to participate in club co-ordinated football development activities. A key goal is to attract new participants and new talent to the game, promoting AFL as a sport of choice.

Our programs are in partnership with the WA Football Commission and support existing female football programs, promote player development, educate coaches, and provide parent education.


We conduct two groups in two time slots; Our Fledgling group is for year Pre-primary to year 6 and Eaglets group for year 7 – year 12 students. 

Regional Academy visits

We visit regional WA in partnership with WAFC Regional Managers and during AFL Community Camps. Regional programs could include school visits to engage female classes in fundamental AFL skills, an after-school session for local talented female footballers and a coach education session for teachers and community club coaches of female football teams.

Regional Academy visits are aligned to our Next Generation Academy zoning allocations the AFL have provided the Club. These regions include:

  • Pilbara
  • Goldfields
  • South West
  • Midlands
  • Great Southern

2024 AFLW Regional Talent Search

We are seeking talented athletes and footballers aged 15 years to open age. If you're fast, agile, athletic and believe you can be the next AFLW star, register your interest below at the following locations:

  • Albany - Monday February 5
  • Kalgoorlie - Monday February 12
  • Esperance - Wednesday February 14
  • Geraldton - Monday February 19
  • Newman - Thursday February 22
  • Karratha - Tuesday March 5
  • Port Hedland - Thursday March 7
  • Bunbury - Monday March 11
  • Dunsborough - Wednesday March 13
  • Northam - Monday March 18

Register your attendance here.

High Performance Academy

This Academy is for players on the talent pathway and is by invitation only. The main aims of the Academy are to:

  • Provide emerging talented players with the necessary tools to become an elite footballer
  • Improve fundamental skills and understanding of AFLW training expectations
  • Allow for greater game awareness
  • Develop specific areas towards strength and conditioning
  • Give participants the best opportunity to develop into a State or AFLW player
  • It boasts a leading Athletic Movement program to assist with injury prevention conducted by leading practitioners at the Club.

The Women’s & Girls’ Academy coaches form the most experienced and high-level panel of any female Academy across Australia. The team includes current AFLW players/coaches and staff.

Women's & Girls' Academy Program Overview for 2023-24 in Metro & Regional areas:

  • Develop regular training in Metropolitan (MRP) and Regional Areas
  • 3 Training squads structure - Rookie (11-13), Junior (14-15), Senior (16-18)
  • Off-field education (SOAR) and mentor programs to be implemented

For more information email

Women's & Girls' Academy Graduates (AFLW)

West Coast Eagles

  • Mikayla Bowen
  • Rosie Deegan
  • Emily Bonser
  • Bea Devlyn
  • Hayley Bullas
  • Emily McGuire
  • Ashton Hill
  • Danika Pisconeri
  • Mhicca Carter
  • Courtney Guard
  • Parris Laurie
  • Belinda Smith
  • Charlie Thomas
  • Courtney Rowley
  • Roxanne Roux
  • Matilda Sergeant

Fremantle Dockers

  • Laura Pugh
  • Emma O’Driscoll
  • Sarah Garstone
  • Jasmine Stewart
  • Sabreena Duffy
  • Philipa Seth
  • Ebony Dowson
  • Jessica Low
  • Mikayla Hyde