Best young Vic talent to compete in Coates Talent League

06 FEB 2023 BY: AFL VIC
Nick Watson, Mikayla Williamson, Harley Reid and Amy Gaylor launch the Coates Talent League. Picture: AFL Photos

Victoria's best emerging talent will compete in renamed and bolstered underage pathway competition in the eastern states, with Australia's leading equipment hire and solutions provider Coates coming on board to support the Coates Talent League from 2023. 

Formerly the NAB League, the Coates Talent League features 12 boys and girls programs from Victoria and one from Tasmania for the full season, while academy programs from New South Wales (GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans), Queensland (Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions) and Northern Territory (NT State Academy) will continue to compete for part of the season.

In a boost for the regional pathway programs in Victoria and Tasmania, each program now has a dedicated full-time Coates Talent League Girls coach and a dedicated full-time Coates Talent League Boys coach in 2023. The AFL has also invested in increased youth wellbeing programming and resources for all regions, as well as additional administrative, high performance and medical resources.

Additional resources will also benefit community football, with Coates Talent League coaches to work closely with AFL Victoria on providing support for community clubs and coaches. This aims to strengthen the connection between the talent pathways system and local clubs while also providing development opportunities for coaches at community level.

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