Rising Star Program

The NAB AFL Rising Star Program is a collection of talent identification and development initiatives that supports young footballers from grassroots to the elite level. It culminates in the NAB AFL Rising Star Award, the highest honour for young footballers in Australia’s game.

NAB AFL Rising Star Award

Beginning in 1993, the AFL Rising Star Award recognises the outstanding performance of a player under the age of 21 during the AFL home-and-away season.

After each round of the season, the best performing young player is selected as the Rising Star nominee for the previous round.

At the end of the season, a panel of experts vote to select a winner from all the nominees and crown them the NAB AFL Rising Star.

The winner scores a grand prize of a $20,000 NAB investment portfolio, a 12-month ambassadorship and the Ron Evans medal. They also have the opportunity to engage with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with building their financial future.

The 2021 Rising Star was Luke Jackson of the Melbourne Football Club.

We are proud of our sponsorship of the program since 2002 and continue to support the future of AFL.

Past NAB AFL Rising Star winners

The honour roll of the NAB AFL Rising Star Award highlights the prestige of the award. Previous winners have gone on to become Brownlow medallists and club captains.

Year

Player

Club

Votes

2021

Luke Jackson

Melbourne

51

2020

Caleb Serong       

Western Bulldogs

48

2019

Sam Walsh

Carlton

54

2018          

Jaidyn Stephenson                      

Collingwood

52

2017

Andrew McGrath

Essendon

51

2016

Callum Mills

Sydney

49

2015

Jesse Hogan

Melbourne

49

2014

Lewis Taylor

Brisbane Lions

39

2013

Jaeger O'Meara

Gold Coast SUNS

44

2012

Daniel Talia

Adelaide

43

2011

Dyson Heppell

Essendon

44

2010

Daniel Hannebery

Sydney

45

2009

Daniel Rich

Brisbane Lions

45

2008

Rhys Palmer

Fremantle

44

2007

Joel Selwood

Geelong

44

2006

Danyle Pearce

Port Adelaide

43

2005

Brett Deledio

Richmond

43

2004

Jared Rivers

Melbourne

45

2003

Sam Mitchell

Hawthorn

33

2002

Nick Riewoldt

St Kilda

34

Current nominees

Find out who is in the running to be named this year's NAB AFL Rising Star.

NAB Club Recognition Award

We know the important role junior football clubs play in any footballer’s journey.

To help support tomorrow’s stars, we partner with the Rising Star winner to recognise their nominated junior football club. The NAB Club Recognition Award rewards their chosen junior club with $1,000 cash and $1,500 worth of football equipment.

Since 2002, we’ve contributed $1,112,000 in cash and equipment to local junior football clubs to help the future crop of young AFL players

Important information

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