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:

U18 Female Squad
U17 Male Cairns
U17 Male Capricornia
U17 Male Mackay
U17 Male Townsville