23rd Mar 2023  |  News & Events

Next Generation Academy Games

The Essendon Football Club are hosting a Come & Try football event, in the lead up to this years Next Generation Academy Games set to be played in the April School holidays.

The NGA games are an initiative by AFL Victoria to showcase the best Indigenous and Multicultural talent within each AFL clubs region, against each other in a carnival style event.

As we are fielding a male and female team*, to be played on different days, this Come & Try event will be a combined session with males and females split into separate rotational groups.

*This event doesn’t guarantee selection for the NGA Games, but will however provide a football development experience on the night, with the potential for selection from the event for the April games.


To be eligible to participate, we require these three things:

  • The participant is born in 2008 (15yr or turning 15yr) or 2009 (14yr or turning 14yr) .
  • The player or a parent identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander OR is born overseas from an African or Asian country.
  • Or has at least 1 parent is born in an African or Asian country.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) – where a player or both parents are born in a non-English speaking country.

The participant currently resides within Essendon’s NGA zone, please check here- https://www.essendonfc.com.au/community/next-generation-academy/nga-regions
Please see below information for the event:

Date: Tuesday, 21st March.

Time: 4.45pm for 5pm Start, Finish at 6pm.

Location: Essendon FC (32 Watson Dr, Melbourne Airport)

Meeting Location: Please meet inside reception doors at the top of the stairs.

Notes: Please wear suitable exercise clothing (shirt/singlet and shorts or similar), bring personal water bottle, mouthguard (if you have one) and football boots if you have them.


Registration – To register for the event, a parent/guardian can follow this link, log in or create an account and register under Essendon NGA Come and Try #1 – REGISTER HERE – Essendon NGA Come & Try #1

For more information, please contact sabdilla@essendonfc.com.au

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