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ABOUT RISING STARS

The Rising Stars Team ( WA’s PREMIER AFL ACADEMY) provides our athletes with the opportunity to be exposed to WA State Coaches ( State under 12's Coach, 2 x State Under 12's Assistant Coaches, 2x State Under 15's Assistant Coaches of the boys teams and the State Under 15's Girls Coach).  We have also welcomed Specialist Coaches Scott Lycett, Liam Duggan, Elliot Yeo and Fraser McInnes from the Eagles; Ethan Hughes from the Fremantle Dockers.; Peter Sumich WA State Under 18's Coach; Simon McPhee St Kilda Midfield Coach 2018; and, Tarni Golisano ( previously with Fremantle Dockers AFLW).

Our dedicated team, who has an excellent track record of coaching and mentoring players making the State 12’s, 15’s, 16’s or 18’s, is dedicated to assisting your child to reach their full potential.

2015

6 athletes were selected in the Stare 15’s team, which took home a Silver medal at the National Carnival in Geelong.  One athlete made the All-Australian team that travelled to South Africa.

2016

8 players made the State 12’s
11 athletes are in the last 80 of the State 15’s Trials
5 players have made the WAFL State 16’s All STARS MATCH
2 players have made the State 16’s Team
In my last program in which I was a Director and Head Coach, I had a total of 19 athletes picked in the 2016 Schoolboys AFL Football Teams.

2018

First Academy to have a player make All Australian Boys Under 15’s AFL Team.

14 athletes made State 12’s & State 15’s WA Teams in 2018.

First Academy in WA to have a player drafted to  AFL.  

A Rising Stars Athlete got nominated - WAFL Colts Young Gun.

2017

11 players either made State Under 12’s, State Under 15’s or State Under 18’s

Rising Stars Coach’s Goals – The key component is to bring out the “special part of every child’s true talent and to maximise his potential as a player”.  We provide relevant training and education to assist athletes to learn, improve, challenge, execute and ultimately be recognized. We will provide players with quality coaches and mentors (we will endeavour to invite AFL players down to some sessions) within a high-performance training facility.
Player’s Goal – “Get the Winning Edge.”  The way you train reflects the way you play.

ACT ON YOUR LIFE – Be Part of Rising Stars AFL Football Academy and take your game to the highest level – NO BUTS, NO EXCUSES, JUST DO IT!

WHAT IS RISING STARS AFT FOOTBALL ACADEMY

The Philosophy gives Rising Stars the direction and a pathway, which brings consistency and reduces the uncertainty of coaches and players on setting goals so they all are striving in the same direction. It also allows coaches to review and consolidate their philosophy over their coaching journey.

The essence of Rising Stars AFL Football Coaching Academy philosophy is based on long term development of athletes in their technique, tactics, mental approach (motivation), fitness, game sense (footy smarts), leadership, feedback and satisfaction in learning new skills or enhance existing skills, as well as promoting fun and friendship with a balanced lifestyle.

Rising Stars AFL Football Academy Program is a holistic junior football development program designed to help you improve your skill level in football and in other parts of your life.

Rising Stars Coach’s Goal – The key component is to bring out the “special part of every child’s true talent and to maximise his potential as a player”.  We provide relevant training and education to assist athletes to learn, improve, challenge, execute and ultimately be recognized. We will provide players with quality coaches and mentors (we will endeavour to invite AFL players down to some sessions) within a high-performance training facility.

Rising Stars AFL Football Academy – Get the Winning Edge.

We aim to develop every player by maximising their skills such as –

  • Kicking (types of kicks, when to use them, kick to space, off ground and on the run, shots at goal – goal kicking routine)
  • Handball (types – rocket, top spin, bounce, non-preferred, situations
  • Ground Balls (picking up, stationary, moving towards, away and sideways)
  • Work Rate (staying in the contest – work ethic, keeping your feet, guarding space)
  • Defensive Skills (tackling, spoiling, shepherding, smothering)
  • Running/Agility (receive, support, defend, create, crumbing, working the mark, bumping)
  • Forward Play (set ups, creating space, leading, defending)
  • Defensive Play (restricting space, zoning off, transition, ball movement from defence)
  • Positional Play or Tactical Development (experience playing all positions feedback)
  • Team Work (decision making, execution, communication, protecting team mates, backing up team mates)
  • Game Style (run and carry, switch, countering situations e.g. loose player in defence)

This is a 8-week programme. The Pre-Season stage focuses on the following:

  • Overall conditioning
  • Strength & Flexibility for Footy
  • Quality ball repetitive drills
  • Ball use during fatigue and increasing playing knowledge
  • Ball handling
  • Tackling and working on a contested ball
  • Repetitive speed and power drills (fitness boxing and agility included)
  • Running efficiency
  • Game based ball skills / drills ( Defensive Play, Forward Play, Midfield Play and Set Plays – i.e Goal kicking Routines)

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen. Others make it happen” – Michael Jordan

An alarming trend is happening to football in Western Australia at the moment. Young players are entering the WAFL system with far lower skill levels and this is reflected on how many players from WA were recruited by AFL clubs in 2014.

“Recruiters have told The West Australian, they had as few as eight names on their watch lists and many of the AIS elite academy players had fallen off the radar.” -Quote from the WA newspapers 3rd July 2014

“It is somewhat of a concern, the cut backs in resources that they have in WA. It’s certainly something we need to address and they have identified that as well” -Quote From High-Performance Manager Michael Abblett