An exciting new chapter is about to begin for the Geelong Cats Next Generation Academy, with a merger with the former ‘V/Line Cup’ to form a program to service the requirement for a talent pathway in the AFL Barwon region for both player and coach. The Next Gen Program will consist of four different groups:
- Under 16 Girls
- Under 14 Girls
- Under 15 Boys
- Under 14 Boys
There will also be a Colac region arm of the program.
In a further exciting development, a plethora of coaches, current and former players will head up the program. Inaugural Geelong Cats AFLW Senior Coach Paul Hood is the Director of Coaching of the Male program, whilst Nat Wood is the Female Program equivalent. Other notable representatives include Geelong Cats AFLW Captain and AFL Barwon Senior Female Football Representative head coach Mel Hickey (Development Mentor- Female Program), highly regarded Female Football coach Shannon Knox (Under 16 Girls Head coach), Geelong AFLW star Aasta O’Connor (Under 15 Boys Assistant Coach), and former Bell Park senior coach Luke Rayner to lead the Under 15 boys alongside successful BFNL Senior Interleague coach Mark Hildebrandt (Under 15 Boys Assistant Coach). All filled positions can be viewed in the attachment enclosed with this release.
Selection for each age group will take place over the next 6 weeks.