Sando’s New Role
Former Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson hasn’t wasted any time getting back into coaching after being appointed the AFL Academy’s head coach.
After being sacked at the end of 2014, Sanderson will have the job of guiding elite junior talent from the under 16 and under 18 levels through to possible selection in the AFL draft.
Sanderson was apart of the first Australian under 18 squad to tour Ireland in 1991 and wanted to see the next generation succeed.
“Having coached at AFL level, I knew I could offer the required skill set to help the narrow the gap between the jump from underage competition to an AFL list,” he said.
“The program’s aim will be to best replicate the typical AFL program to ensure the Academy Players acquire all the tools to transition effectively to the AFL system,” he said.
“While the task will primarily be preparing Australia’s best young talent for the transition to AFL, an important part of the role will be to ensure our junior coaches are proficient in educating our players in the modern game and are given the required resources to help them develop.
Sanderson played 209 AFL games for the Crows, Collingwood and Geelong before moving into assistant coaching roles with Port Adelaide and Geelong.
He will lead a quality coaching team that includes with likes of Brad Johnson, Glen Jakovich, Brad Ottens and Tadhg Kennelly.
AFL football operations general manager Mark Evans said Sanderson’s knowledge of the game was perfect for the role.
“The transition from underage junior football to the senior AFL competition is the largest step in the game for our elite juniors,” he said.
“The NAB AFL Academy program seeks to fast-track that move into an AFL club with two major focuses around match-specific coaching to assist the on-field development of young talent and off-field education to ensure they can thrive in an AFL-club environment.
“Match-specific coaching that will be led by Brenton centres around areas including skill acquisition, game awareness, contested ball-winning, decision-making and physical preparation