The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) is proud to announce that it will again combine the SMJFL Interleague Program with St Kilda FC’s Next Generation Academy (NGA) for 2019.
This partnership will continue to incorporate AFL expertise into the existing Interleague program, proving SMJFL players aged between 11-15 years old the highest level of coaching and personal development in their football journey.
At the completion of the Under 15 Interleague program, a transition to the SMJFL TAC Cup club partners (Sandringham Dragons, Oakleigh Chargers and Dandenong Stingrays) commences.
The purpose of St Kilda FC’s NGA is to identify and develop talented players – both male and female and will have a focus on players with Indigenous and multicultural heritage from ages 11-18.
St Kilda FC’s NGA region covers a large area from Port Melbourne to Frankston, with the SMJFL within the northern part of the region known as the ‘Northern Hub’. St Kilda have been given the responsibility by AFL Victoria to oversee and work with the SMJFL to deliver its Interleague program (ages 11-15), and TAC Cup Clubs (ages 16-18).
SMJFL player invitations to the joint program are offered via nomination from their respective clubs, however, to ensure the very best talent from the region is involved in the program, St Kilda FC may also invite additional players to be involved.
To protect the integrity of the club nomination process, players available for selection for the SMJFL Interleague teams will be as per the nomination numbers allowed for each club. Players who received an invitation to the NGA component of the program will not be eligible.
Talented Indigenous and Multicultural players may be selected outside of the nomination process into the program.
For more details about the specific age group programs and training dates for Interleague squads in 2019, please click here.