I don't think we have a proper Swans academy thread so i thought i would create one based on this news
http://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/7106/newsid/130180/default.aspxThe QBE Sydney Swans Academy will step up a level this evening when the first match of the inaugural Academy Cup commences under lights at Lakeside Oval (Tramway Oval).
Being held from 5pm every Wednesday for the next 24 weeks, the Academy Cup forms an integral part of the development process for players in the under-13, under-14 and under-15 age groups.
During the Academy Cup, players will be exposed to an elevated playing environment which they would normally only get once or twice a year through representative carnivals.
Now, Academy players will have a dedicated timeslot where they can play full length, fast-paced, high intensity matches with coaching staff looking on to provide instant feedback and advice.
Matches will be filmed and then uploaded to sydneyswans.com.au each Friday, with commentary from QBE Sydney Swans Academy head coach Paul Roos identifying areas of strength and weakness. It will be an invaluable learning tool for all players involved.
The Academy Cup will also allow coaches to tailor particular game styles which will best prepare players for life in the red and white guernsey when they’re eligible to be drafted.
Roos said he’s excited about the Academy Cup starting.
“The boys will get to play with and against all of the best players and it’s a great learning tool for them,” Roos said.
“I’ll be out there umpiring and showing the kids how to play (Roos will be able to stop matches and direct players).
“The other coaches also get a chance to coach and learn their craft as well so there are a lot of really good aspects about the Academy Cup.
“One of the great things is all of the parents come along and watch their boy play which is great.”
Players from all over the Swans’ zone - which takes in half of Sydney, the Illawarra and Northern NSW - will travel to Sydney to take part in the Cup.
The Academy has been running in the Swans’ zone for just over a year now and already in that time there’s been remarkable improvement and development in players.
“The feedback we get from parents, kids and coaches has been really positive,” Roos said.
“We know we’ve got a way to go and it’s only been operational for one year but already the signs are really good.”
The QBE Sydney Swans Academy Cup will run from tonight until mid-September, with a full schedule able to be found here.