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High Performance


Ensure that Sport and Recreation is delivered by community members, clubs and leagues within a quality environment for which to support social inclusion, participation and elite development. Programs Include - Pilbara Sports Academy (PSA), Strength 2 Succeed Naitanui Academy (S2S), Female Football Pathways and V Swans Events


The Strength 2 Succeed Naitanui Academy program has been designed in partnership with the West Coast Eagles and is intrinsically linked to our education and community based V Active Programs. Our participants are identified through our education and or community V Active programs, with many outside of the traditional education system. Using the expectations of elite sports people, we are able to set learning goals and achievement through their connection to sport.

The primary need this program addresses is youth aged men and women of the region that have disengaged with traditional education and lack the motivation to participate. This program works on their area of interest to support ongoing learning in a different format and then promote opportunities in TAFE, work readiness or reintegration back to traditional schooling.

The program aims to provide a safety net to catch those young people disconnecting from community and education/training. Other components of the program provide capacity building access for community members to develop as coaches, administrators and being involved in the progression of their child’s development throughout the program. Children progress through the program via tiers that see them engaged from the age of 12 to 17 years.

Charlie Cameron is one of our success stories from our S2S Program in the Pilbara as he now lives his AFL dream at the Adelaide Crows Football Club

The priority areas of focus are:

  • Positive community integration and participation
  • Self-worth
  • Community Pride
  • Participation pathways
  • Connection/reconnection to education
  • Community connection
  • Physical and Mental health
  • Access to physical exercise
  • Healthy Active Communities


Our vehicle to achieve this will be:

- Provide an alternative Education/Training Program to disengaged youth

- Increase in Community driven sport and recreation activities and events to improve health

- Increase in Community pride and belonging for social and emotional wellbeing

- Provide a safe environment for young people to engage

- Provide access to high performance and elite pathway participation and mentors

- Increase physical activity and access to sport to alleviate boredom and promote self-pride

Use of online learning modules to increase connection to learning



The Swan Districts Football Club (SDFC) with the direction from V Swans has set the benchmark in the development of Female Football Pathways in WA. Setting up their first Women’s team in 2007. Since that time the club has developed the Youth Girl’s and U12 girl’s competitions in WA. Both programs now adopted and delivered Statewide. This has seen the SDFC deliver a ‘best practice’ model for inclusion of females within an established WAFL club which now includes a comprehensive senior and youth aged football pathway under the SDFC banner and the development of this all-inclusive education program.

SDFC & V Swans Female programs have produced a long-term development pathway for women to:

  • Participate in Australian Football
  • Develop as elite athletes and connect to elite pathways
  • Develop under elite level coaches
  • Develop coaches and administrators
  • Develop capacity as volunteers
  • To be part of the team and its benefits of social networking, support and inclusion

V Swans and SDFC female programs has supported, trained and developed over a dozen women now working full time in the game at all levels from club to the AFL.

Female Football is now entrenched as a part of the history of SDFC and created opportunities for a significant commitment to gender equality in both employment and participation.

The SDFC/V Swans has delivered the following female pathway players since 2007:

  • 35 Senior State Players including 12 All Australians (since 2007)
  • 35 State 18s players including 6 All Australians (Since 2011)
  • 33 State 16s players
  • 20 representatives in the WA Female Indigenous Kickstart Team (since 2013)
  • We boast 3 Kirby Bentley Cup Aboriginal Girls team Annually
  • 18 players drafted to AFLW clubs (since 2013)
  • 42% of our senior and youth playing lists are Indigenous
  • We also boast Indigenous coaches and team managers as part of our female football volunteer staff.

Why V Swans Supports Female Football

  • We support gender equity in both sport and the workplace
  • It Strengthens the S2S academy by diversifying gender, ethnicity and geographical inclusion
  • Access to regional and Perth based athletes, engaging disadvantaged youth and inclusion programs to encourage Indigenous and CALD participants into a personal development program and encouraging a High-Performance attitude.
  • Positions V Swans effectively as the AFL Female High Performance specialists in WA
  • Allows the ongoing development of our staff and participants as we access cutting edge practises with our staff’s direct involvement in the game’s elite programs including the AFLW and all State based High performance programs and teams.


V Swans are fully committed to the development of female pathways as part of its commitment to community, Indigenous and high-performance pathway programs.

Program Outline Includes:

The Program ensure women and girls are receiving support on the following key areas:

  • Sexual and physical health
  • Nutrition and cooking skills
  • Social Media controls
  • Body image, leadership and teamwork
  • Fitness, with access to a gymnasium and strength and conditioning training


V Swans Female Football Expertise (Just a few of our staff’s backgrounds in Female football)

General Manager V Swans

  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Secondary)
  • Level 2 AFL Coach
  • Current Fremantle AFLW Captain
  • Former Swan Districts FC and Western Australian Captain

High Performance Manager

  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Secondary)
  • Level 2 AFL Coach
  • Former Swan Districts FC Club Captain
  • Sandover Medallist


In partnership with the WAFC - V Swans manage the Pilbara Hubs of this elite AFL development program. The pathway works with young men from WA's North-West regions including the Pilbara and the Kimberley to support elite player pathways to elevate some of the barriers placed on young people from regional and remote communities to participate in elite player development opportunities.

The program works with Garnduwa in the Kimberley region and the AFL NT Thunder programs in Darwin to give opportunities through an elite player program and pathways system.

Ultimately seeing the WA north West merge with the NT Thunder State 16's team to represent NT in the AFL National 16 Championship series.


The Pilbara Sports Academy (PSA) aims to provide high performance services to talented athletes living in the Pilbara’s regional communities, enhancing their opportunity to progress along talent pathways toward State and National representation.
PSA will support an athlete’s performance and personal growth in their home environment. This will be achieved through an athlete centred approach outlined in an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The IDP will encompass critical aspects of development via the delivery of key services, engaged to enhance the athletes performance.

The objectives are:

  • Support a high quality daily training environment for regional athletes 
  • Facilitate region athlete's access to State Sporting Association (SSA) endorsed accredited coaches and sport and non-sport specialist services
  • Support the access and participation in high level competition for talented
    regional athletes 
  • Build sustainability of the regional talent development network