Next Generation Academy Update
The Hawthorn Next Generation Academy (NGA) teamed up with AFL Gippsland earlier this year to facilitate an elite junior program for U/12’s and U/14’s. The program was run out of six different regions in the Gippsland area, with over 350 players involved. Athletes participated in eight sessions between February and April, with the focus on developing football fundamental skills and game sense. To conclude the program, all regions were invited to the Gippsland Power Football Club to complete athletic testing consisting of speed, endurance and jump testing. Players were also involved in further skill development and education on this day.
The Hawthorn NGA ran an eight week program for players in February and March this year. Athletes from U/12’s, U/13/’s and U/14’s age groups were selected based on a combination of performance at their local football clubs and/or in the respective interleague programs.
The program took place at Yarra Valley Grammar in Ringwood, with the last session held at Waverly Park.
The aim of the program was to further enhance players football fundamental skills, football game sense and provide athletic education for the participants.
In July the Hawthorn NGA ventured up to the Northern Territory to attend the Barunga Festival which is a music, sport and culture event that has been running for 32 years. The festival is held in the small town of Barunga, which is 70 kilometres south east of Katherine. Barunga is one of several communities that are a part of Hawthorn’s NGA zone in the Katherine region.
Hawthorn Football Club invited schools from several remote communities within our NGA zone to attend a football clinic on the first day of the Barunga Festival. Over 60 students attended the day and participated in football drills, games and competitions.
The following day, Hawthorn set up a kicking competition allowing festival goers to test their kicking skills with the opportunity to win a range prizes including Hawthorn jumpers, training-t-shirts and hats.