Groves & Burgen Join O'Loughlin on YG Academy Coaching Panel

AFL Victoria is pleased to announce Paul Groves, Graham Burgen and Shaun O’Loughlin as Head Coaches in AFL Victoria’s recently expanded Youth Girls Academy. 

The expanded Academy program will provide Victoria’s most promising Youth Girls players with weekly development opportunities closer to their homes at some of the State’s best facilities. Over seventy girls have been selected for Academies based at the Sandringham Dragons, Calder Cannons and North Ballarat Rebels Football Clubs.

Former Sandringham boys Under 18 Assistant Coach, AFL Victoria boys Futures coach and two-time AFL Victoria Youth Girls Development team Head Coach, Paul Groves (pictured) will head up the newest Youth Girls Academy at the Sandringham Dragons.

At the Calder Cannons, Graham Burgen, a current Under 18 Assistant Coach with the boys U18 team and Head Coach of the U15s development program, will also oversee the Youth Girls Academy at the club.

Meanwhile, Shaun O’Loughlin will continue to juggle his boys Under 18 Assistant Coaching duties with in his role as North Ballarat’s Youth Girls Academy Head Coach. Football Geelong’s Modewarre Youth Girls level two accredited Head Coach, Julie McNamara, has been appointed as a Development Coach alongside O’Loughlin.

Supported by the Bill Hutchison Foundation and the Essendon Football Club, AFL Victoria’s Youth Girls Academy is an on and off field development program for Victoria’s most promising under 18 female footballers that focuses on developing them as great people and not just great footballers. 


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