The popularity of AFL in Queensland continues to grow and the AFL Queensland Schools Cup is set to return for all divisions in 2021. The sixth edition of the competition will see it bounce back from the challenges and unfortunate cancellations seen in 2020 due to COVID-19.
With more than 630 teams nominating for 2020, up 5% from the 2019 numbers, we have developed a schedule to accommodate them all and more in 2021.
After an AFL season like no other which saw Queensland host the AFL Grand Final, the 2021 AFL Schools Cup competition is set to be the biggest yet and will see the return of the secondary teams to the competition. AFLQ Schools Cup has a proud history of nurturing and developing some of the state’s best talent, including past AFLQ Schools Cup students Maddison Levi, Serene Watson, Jade Ellenger, Connor Budarick, and Matt Conroy who have been drafted to the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS.
Head of AFL Queensland, Trisha Squires, spoke of the importance of the AFLQ Schools Cup providing school children the opportunity to play AFL while also developing future AFL and AFLW players.
Squires said, “It is fantastic to see so many young boys and girls competing in the AFL Queensland Schools Cup State. It is clear to see the future of AFL in Queensland is in safe hands.”
“The amount of football played this year is a real testament to the great setup we have across Queensland with our clubs, officials and volunteers. The return of all divisions in our Premier Statewide School competition will only enhance the opportunities for more kids to play some footy.”
Damien Mitchelmore, the Participation & Programs Manager – Schools and Diversity, said “The appetite for school football is increasing and this competition allows any school to get into the game.”
Nominations for the 2021 AFL Queensland Schools Cup are now open. Teachers are invited to nominate via the online nomination form below.
Competition dates and venues are also available.