The Gold Coast SUNS Academy is an innovative program that provides young athletes with a unique opportunity to participate in a first-class sport and education experience facilitated by AFL Queensland and the Gold Coast SUNS.

We run a multi-level coaching program for aspiring players aged between 13 and 19 years. It forms a key stage in the pathway from junior sport through to a possible career as an AFL or AFLW player at the highest level – without leaving Queensland.

The Academy caters for young athletes in the Northern NSW and Gold Coast region as well as Far North Queensland (Rockhampton to Cape York) and Darwin metropolitan area. 

Male and Female hub based programs

  • U13
  • U14
  • U15
  • U16

Male and Female High-Performance Squad Training

  • U17
  • U19 

Once a part of the Academy, each participant will experience best practice learning, facilities and facilitators in a sports environment.


Current Squads:

Gold Coast U13 Female 
Gold Coast U14 Female

Gold Coast U15 Female
Gold Coast U17 Female
Gold Coast U19 Female 

Gold Coast U13 Male
Gold Coast U14 Male
Gold Coast U15 Male
Gold Coast U16 Male
Gold Coast U17 Male
Gold Coast U19 Male

Cairns U17 Male
Townsville U17 Male
Capricornia U17 Male
Mackay U17 Male

Please Note:
U13 to U16 Junior Trials for next years squads will be held in 2021. Please check website for registration process closer to the time. 

U17 and U19 High Performance Squads will be invite only. 



2021 Academy Trials 

This is your chance to form part of the Gold Coast SUNS Academy Male and Female Squads, innovative programs that provide young athletes with a unique opportunity to participate in a first-class sport and education experience facilitated by AFL Queensland and the Gold Coast SUNS.

Click here for more information and to register for our Female Open Trials
Click here for more information and to register for our Male Open Trials