Cazalys NT Talent Academy

"Developing better people, better players."

We strive to:

  • Identify and develop talented young athletes
  • Provide high-performance, education, and development opportunities – on and off the field
  • Provide multiple opportunities for players to showcase their skills and qualities ahead of the AFL and AFLW Drafts (through the ages 15-19)
  • Prepare players drafted for life as a professional athlete

Role of the talent pathway:
- Develop young athletes to prepare for professional success
- Build a strong pipeline of future AFL and AFLW players
- Provide compelling opportunities

Vision for the Talent pathway

The 2024 Michael Long Cup will be held in August, dates and schedule to be confirmed

Michael Long Cup Purpose:

  • Identify talented young athletes – U15 competition
  • Provide high-performance, education, and development opportunities – on and off the field
  • Talent pathway

Age guidelines:

  • Players must be in their 12th year (born in 2011) to 15th year (born in 2008).

Teams from all the different regions across the Northern Territory:

  • Darwin and Palmerston
  • East Arnhem
  • West Arnhem and Tiwi Island
  • Big Rivers and West Daly
  • Barkly
  • Central Australia

Why do we have the Michael Long Cup?

  • Provide opportunities for Next Generation Academy Clubs to identify and build relationships with young players (male and female)
  • Provide opportunities for Indigenous and multicultural programs to be promoted
  • Pathway for players to be recognised and invited to the Cazalys NT Talent Academy program (15 – 19 years)
  • Promote health, wellbeing, and AFL across the NT and to showcase the young talent within the Territory
  • To ensure that young Territorians have an opportunity to develop their skills and be identified for future Talent programs

Upcoming NT Academy Events: 

  • U16 Boys National Championships:  8 - 11 July 2024

2024 Cazalys NT Academy Squads


Follow @nt_talentacademy on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the squads and teams events and training sessions





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