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COUNTRY FOOTBALL ACADEMY POLICY STATEMENT
The Port Adelaide Football Club understand and appreciate the many challenges that country footballers face when aspiring to progress to the elite levels of Australian football.
The PAFC Football Academy was introduced in 2005 in order to address these challenges and provide talented junior footballers with the best possible opportunity to achieve their football dreams.
Our aim is for country players, Leagues and Clubs to embrace this program in order to provide the talented player an opportunity to develop into the best possible footballer he can be.
This football academy is a key component of our club's strategic focus in developing junior talent in our zone and providing young footballers with the opportunity to progress to SANFL and AFL level.
The major aims of the football academy are:
• To provide talented junior footballers with an elite player development and education program which will provide them with increased opportunities to progress to the elite levels of our game
• To fast track the development of talented junior players from within our country zone
• To provide talented junior footballers in our country zone with opportunities to travel to Adelaide to play football at SANFL level
Skill Development: Kicking Technique; Hand Eye Coordination; Decision Making; Game Sense; Training Sessions; Trial Game
Athletic Development: Individual Fitness Profiling; Fitness & Strength Training; Recovery Techniques; Stretching Techniques
Education Sessions: Drug and Alcohol Awareness; High Performance Nutrition; Strength & Conditioning for Football; Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Talented Player Pathway
Personal Development: Communication Skills; Public Speaking; Time Management; Goal Setting; Performance Assessment.
To provide junior footballers in our country zone with increased opportunities to play football at the elite level - SANFL and AFL football - by providing an advanced education training and development program.
Academy Players who have been drafted into the AFL:
Isaac Weetra, Melbourne FC, 2006 AFL National Draft / Levi Greenwood, North Melbourne FC, 2007 AFL National Draft / Tim Walsh, Hawthorn FC, 2007 AFL Rookie Draft / Jesse Stringer, Geelong FC, 2009 AFL Rookie Draft / Scott Lycett, West Coast Eagles FC, 2010 AFL National Draft / Derick Wanganeen, Hawthorn FC, 2010 AFL Rookie Draft
Academy Players who have played League Football for PAFC:
Levi Greenwood debut 2007 / Kerren Hall debut 2008 / Kory Beard, Casey Carr, Luke Harder, Ryan McInerney, Jay Shannon, Isaac Weetra debut 2009 / Luke Carey, Tim Walsh, Derick Wanganeen, Peter Lindsay, Sam Gray debut 2010 / Corey Grove debut 2011 / Aseri Raikiwasa debut 2012