> Attract quality athletes to our code by providing a direct path to the elite AFL competition.
> To enhance the future quality of the code in areas of NSW where AFL is emerging, by developing a broader base of quality players and coaches.
> Attract resources of the AFL clubs into the Greater Sydney market.
> Develop partnerships with schools interested in attracting talented people to their school via the AFL Scholarship program.
Eligiblity for scholarship
> Must turn 15/16/17 by at latest 31st December of the year of being listed
> Must live in a developing market region (DMR) or live in NSW/ACT and be a student at a DMR for at least 3 years
> DMR include: All of NSW north of the southern boundary running east to west following Kiama, Nowra, Goulburn, Cootamundra, West Wyalong, Hillston, Broken Hill and north to the Queensland border.
> Remain living in a DMR and be a student at a DMR or be a student in a DMR and live in NSW/ACT
> Registered to play football in a football competition located in a DMR
> Represent NSW/ACT at any underage National Championships if selected.
Number of Scholarship Players Allowed:
> Clubs may sign a maximum of 2 players each year, with a maximum of 6 total scholarship players at one time.
Contracts and Benefits
> Clubs musn’t enter into contractual agreements before May 1st of the year prior to the players scholarship listing
> When signed to a clubs scholarship list: 15 year olds (in the year that they are listed on the scholarship list) are given 3 year contracts, 16 year olds are given 2 year contracts, 17 year olds are given 1 year contracts – contracts expire on 31st October of the relevant year
> Scholarship players are provided with football benefits by/on behalf of the club between $10000-20000 per year (all payments made are excluded as football payments in the purpose of calculating total player payments for salary cap purposes)
Inclusion onto an AFL List
> If the scholarship listed player is of eligible draft age, a club may apply to transfer the player from the scholarship list to the main list on the day the main list is lodged (off-season) with the AFL prior to the National Draft (normal list numbers must be maintained).
> If the scholarship listed player is of eligible draft age, a club may apply to transfer the player from the scholarship list to the rookie list on the day the main list is lodged (off-season) with the AFL prior to the National Draft and the player consents (i.e. if the player believes he will be taken in the National Draft by another club he may choose to forgo being rookie listed).
> If the scholarship player is not chosen to be listed on either the main or rookie list, he may nominate for the National Draft at the expiration of his contract – if the player nominates himself and is not selected his club may include him on their rookie list prior to the Rookie draft
Sources: AFL Scholarship Program Information for Clubs, AFL Scholarship Program Information for Parents and AFL Scholarship Program FAQ
For latest news regarding Scholarship players visit: AFL NSW/ACT Scholarship Program
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