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Next Generation Academy - Jason Carter

Jason Carter talks about his time at the club as part of the Next Generation Academy.

May 30, 2017  4:31 PM

What is the Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy?
The AFL, in partnership with AFL clubs and state league bodies, has established a national network of AFL club Academy Programs, Next Generation Academies (NGA), which aim to identify and develop young talent, introduce school aged children to community football competitions and feed into existing state and territory and national talent programs.

The academy utilises the club’s resources and personnel to offer an opportunity to develop the skill set and knowledge of the game for young players of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Do you have to have participated in AFL football previously to be included in the academy?
No, players do not have to have participated in the sport to be included. The academy is fully inclusive of all skill sets and developed with the intention to fast-track a participant’s knowledge of the game.

It has also been designed in consultation with the WA Football Commission and district talent managers with the opportunity to further participants' AFL experience by transitioning straight into their local talent pathway at the end of the academy process.

How old do you have to be to take part in the Fremantle Dockers NGA?
The Fremantle Dockers NGA will be aiming for junior players aged between 11-15 years. Additional support will be given to selected players from ages 16-18 years.


What are the criteria for a player to take part in the Fremantle Dockers NGA?
The academy process will be fully inclusive of all participants, but targeted for participants of indigenous and multicultural backgrounds. Multicultural participants must either have been born overseas, or has one parent who was born overseas.

Further to this, under AFL Academy guidelines, the club has been allocated regions throughout the state for which academy participants must hail from.

Players in the metropolitan area eligible for the Fremantle Dockers NGA must live in the following WAFC district zones:

  • West Perth
  • Claremont
  • East Fremantle
  • South Fremantle
  • Peel Thunder

Regional allocations for the Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy include:

  • Kimberley
  • Mid west
  • Wheatbelt
  • 10 per cent of South West (Peel Thunder region)

Talent days
The Fremantle Dockers are running a series of talent days in the opening week of the term two school holidays. The talent days will be held for boys and girls in years 6 and 7 residing in the districts belonging to Peel, East Fremantle, South Fremantle and West Perth football clubs.

Fremantle academy coaches will be on hand to share their football knowledge while each attendee will become a Freo Junior Member and receive a membership pack.

Following the completion of the session, identified talent will be invited to a four week training session in their zone. 

Register your interest by downloading the relevant form below and returning via email to by Friday 30 June. 

East and South Fremantle districts
Monday 3 July
East Fremantle Oval
Registration Form

Peel district
Wednesday 5 July
Rushton Park, Mandurah
Registration Form

West Perth district
Thursday 6 July
HBF Arena, Joondalup
Registration Form

If you have any further questions please contact or call reception on (08) 9433 7000.