AFL pathways

Creating opportunities for our kids

30 April 2021

One of the goals we’ve set out at the Canada Bay Cannons is to provide pathways for AFL. There are great player pathways for sure, but also pathways for umpiring, coaching and sports admin.

Many of our players have been accepted into talent development squads – we have a lot of players that are in talent development programs with Swans Academy for youth boys and youth girls, and the GWS Giants Academy.

Some of our players have already made their way to elite levels. At the start of the season, three Cannons players were on lists to play VFL: Bailey Lambert (Frankston), Fraser Phillips (Carlton) and Joshua Lee (GWS). They’ll likely meet former club players Scott Hansford, Harrison Hansford and Nick Ford on the ground at some time or other this year – all three are now VFL listed umpires! A huge inspiration for our Cannons who have just started their umpiring careers.

We have a number of former players playing Sydney AFL Premier Division for both men and women. A quick shoutout to just two. Gabriella Stanwix is now a regular for the UTS Bats Premier Division, nominated in the best on ground three times in the first three matches this year. And congrats to former Cannon Luke Gallen who was nominated as a rising star for his Premier Division debut the other week.

Our coaching and managing ranks are being bolstered by a number of players, former players and young people associated with the club. And they’re blitzing it!

As a Club, we’re rapt to be able to provide young people with these opportunities to excel – on or off the field – in a sport we love.