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Game Development Academies

Naitanui Academy


Next Generation Academies (NGA's) are a joint initiative between the AFL and AFL Clubs aimed at the attraction, retention, and development of all talented players whilst growing participation in the under-represented segments of our community.

A key objective of the NGA's is to increase the talent pool of Indigenous and Multicultural players. These groups are significantly under-represented in the AFL comparative to the population, and therefore AFL Clubs are incentivised through draft concessions for their role in growing this talent pool.

Under the watchful eye of Nic Naitanui - The Naitanui Academy is a holistic program consisting of on field training, skill development, NGA game play and off field education all taking place inside the High-Performance environment of our Mineral Resources Park facility. The Academy aims to create well rounded players, empowering them with the tools required to be successful at all levels of football and in life.


  • Players aged between 11-18 years (Born 2005-2012)
  • Players must be registered with the Naitanui Academy by their 15th year, to be eligible for any draft concessions through the AFL NGA Program
  • African/Asian – where a player or parent is born in an African or Asian country
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) – where a player or both parents are born in a non-English speaking country
  • Indigenous – where a player identifies as indigenous

Naitanui Academy Recruiting Zones

  • Players residing in metro zones aligned to East Perth, Perth, Subiaco, and Swan Districts
  • Players residing in regional zones aligned to East Perth, Perth, Subiaco, Swan Districts and Claremont’s Great Southern district.

Program Overview

  • Regular training at Mineral Resources Park
  • 3 Training squads - Rookie (11-13), Junior (14-15), Senior (16-18)
  • Off field education and mentor program
  • In-School Academy programs (select schools within our recruiting zone)
  • AFL Curtain Raisers and other matches (for selected players)
  • AFL State and National based Academies (Kickstart, All Nations, Bachar Houli)
  • The Naitanui Cup Showcase. For new and current members aged 12 & 13
  • Regional visits and training opportunities

Interested in joining the Naitanui Academy? Register your interest below.


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Naitanui Academy Alumni


  • Neil Erasmus (Fremantle)
  • Arthur Jones (Western Bulldogs)
  • Sebit Kuek (Fremantle)
  • Sydney Stack (Richmond)


  • Ajang Ajang (Perth)
  • Niyka John (Perth)
  • Daniel Hill (Perth)
  • Ethan Hansen (Perth/West Coast Eagles WAFL)
  • Jacob Msando (East Perth)
  • Ethan Regan (East Perth/West Coast Eagles WAFL)
  • Kalani Brooks (East Perth)
  • Max Fabre (East Perth)
  • Jordan Berry (East Perth)
  • Yugusuk Soka (East Perth)
  • Bonheur Cubahiro (East Perth)
  • Jayden Cappeau (East Perth)
  • Sokaa Soka (East Perth)
  • Jamison Ugle (Swans)
  • Lawson Humphries (Swans)
  • Ezekiel Bolton (Swans)
  • Eric Bashmule (East Perth)
  • Richard Farmer (Subiaco)
  • Elijah Hayden (Subiaco)
  • Robert Hansen Jnr (Subiaco)


  • Wani Swaka Lo Buluk (Perth Wildcats/Illawarra Hawks NBL)