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What is the Adelaide Football Club Next Generation Academy (NGA)?

The Adelaide Football Club Next Generation Academy (NGA) is a joint initiative between the AFL and the club aimed at increasing the opportunities for young people to learn about and play the game of Australian Rules football. Australian football is becoming the sport of choice for diverse communities. Up to 25% of current AFL lists are from diverse backgrounds (14% Multicultural and 11% Indigenous).

Our Academy model is targeted at Multicultural and Indigenous communities who may not have as much opportunity to be involved in football programs. In addition, we aim to value-add and see our Next Generation Academy as a way of assisting to increase the talent pool of young aspiring athletes who want to play our great game, and who may participate in the State and National Pathway programs along the way.

Our model has been established for talented and aspiring males and females between the ages of 11 to 18, who are willing to be supported by the Adelaide Football Club along their football development journey. There is a particular focus on multicultural, indigenous and under-represented talent in the current game. The Adelaide Football Club Next Generation Academy will operate in collaboration with and out of the following aligned SANFL hubs and as directed by the AFL: Central District Football Club, Glenelg Football Club, North Adelaide Football Club, Sturt Football Club and the Eastern side of the APY Lands.

Click here to see a map of Adelaide's Next Generation Academy SANFL recruiting zones

What are our Next Generation Academy (NGA) Programs / Initiatives ?

  • NGA Multicultural Talent Squad
  • NGA Multicultural Carnivals
  • NGA Multicultural Schools Pilot Program
  • NGA Diversity Support to SANFL Programs
  • NGA Diversity Support to our SANFL Hubs

More initiatives will be rolled out in 2017.

How do I become a part of the Talent Squad Program?

Click on the NGA logo below to register your details for our Academy.

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Note to be a part of our NGA Talent Squad you need to reside in the NGA zones of Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide or Sturt.


For further information contact the Adelaide Football Club Next Generation Academy Coordinator Jarrod Meers at or phone 84404066.


Carnival captures new talent

Students from across Adelaide took part in the inaugural Crows Next Generation Academy High School Carnival on Tuesday

5:15pm  May 30, 2017

Academy expands to Mid North

Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy has this week officially launched a second regional hub in Port Augusta and Whyalla

2:09pm  May 4, 2017

Next step for Next Generation

A group of up-and-coming footballers have had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Crows player

4:09pm  Apr 20, 2017

Academy to cross new Bridge

Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy is set to launch its first regional hub in Murray Bridge as the program continues to expand

2:19pm  Mar 7, 2017

Betts boost for NGA Talent Squad

The Crows’ Next Generation Academy Talent Squad have been treated to a goalkicking masterclass from star Crow Eddie Betts

10:52am  Feb 15, 2017

Crows launch Next Gen Academy Carnivals

Over 400 students are expected to participate in the Adelaide Football Club’s inaugural Next Generation Academy School Carnivals later in the year

9:34am  Feb 14, 2017

Another Milera in the making

A familiar name was amongst participants in Adelaide's third Next Generation Academy Talent Squad session

11:37am  Jan 18, 2017

Second session for inaugural talent squad

The second Next Generation Academy Talent Squad session was held at the Adelaide Football Club on Tuesday.

12:13pm  Dec 14, 2016

Academy taps into talent

Academy recruits Diing Akur, Deng Yong and Kudzaishe Motsi are dreaming of a career in the AFL

12:38pm  Nov 18, 2016

Crows launch Next Generation Academy

The Adelaide Football Club has kicked off its Next Generation Academy

2:38pm  Nov 15, 2016

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