The NAB AFL Women's Rising Stars Program is the AFL’s primary talent identification and development program that supports female players and football communities. It helps young women fulfil their dream of playing in the AFLW.
The NAB AFLW Rising Stars Program includes the following:
After each round of the NAB AFLW home-and-away season, two AFLW players under the age of 21 are selected as the weekly nominees for their outstanding performance within the previous round.
At the end of the season, a panel of experts vote to select the winner of the NAB AFLW Rising Star.
The winner receives a $20,000 NAB investment portfolio, a 12-month ambassadorship and the opportunity to engage with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with building their financial future.
Every nominee also receives $500 cash to acknowledge their nomination.
Past NAB AFLW Rising Star Award winners
Congratulations to 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star Tyla Hanks from the Melbourne Football Club.
See a list of previous winners in the table below.
NAB Club Recognition Award
We know the important role junior football clubs play in any footballer’s journey.
To help support tomorrow’s rising stars, we partner with the Rising Star winner to recognise their nominated junior football club. The NAB Club Recognition Award rewards a local club with $1,000 cash and $1,500 worth of football equipment.
Since 2017, NAB has supported AFLW players and their junior football clubs by directly contributing $216,000 in cash and equipment.
NAB AFLW Draft
The NAB AFLW Draft is an annual event that unearths the futures stars of the game.
To be eligible, players must be 18 years of age in the year that they are selected. AFLW players can only be selected by clubs based in their nominated state. This is because a majority of players need to balance work and their football careers – due to most AFLW players not yet being full-time.
We award the number one pick in each state with $5,000 and a 12-month ambassador agreement to celebrate their achievement.
NAB AFLW Draft Combine
Prior to the NAB AFLW Draft, the NAB AFLW Draft Combine puts draft prospects through a series of physical and mental tests. It’s an opportunity for AFLW clubs to take an in-depth look at the players’ physical ability and readiness for a career in AFLW.
Traditionally, the NAB AFLW Combine is a four-day event held in Victoria, however due to COVID the combine is now held as state-based events.
NAB AFL Women’s under 16 and under 18 Championships
The NAB AFL Under 16 and Under 18 Championships is a series of games that are played throughout the year to give players a taste of what playing football is like at the elite level against the best young female players in Australia.
It is the showcase event for players who want to put forward their case ahead of the NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
The competing teams in the championship are:
Allies (representing Northern Territory, Tasmania, New South Wales and ACT)
Woomeras (Indigenous representative team)
Medleys (Multicultural representative team)
An All-Australian team is selected to highlight the players who performed the best throughout the NAB AFLW Championship series each year.
NAB AFL Women’s Academy
Each year, a group of talented young players are invited to join the NAB AFL Women's Academy to participate in an elite program coached by Tarkyn Lockyer.
The players take part in an induction program at the start of the year, have opportunities to train with AFLW clubs throughout the year and attend a high-performance camp mid-year. The group of players play a match following the high-performance camp to compete against the best players in the country.
Players will have access to athlete management systems, expert coaches, high-performance and sports medical staff throughout their time in the NAB AFLW Academy.
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