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Hone your footy skills with Falcons Academy

Falcons Academy was introduced by the Darebin Women’s Sports Clubs in 2018 as a fun, skills based opportunity for girls to improve their football knowledge and skills under the guidance of some of the most experienced leaders of the Darebin Falcons football club.


Falcons Academy offers an opportunity for the next generation of football loving girls and women to both learn from and support our elite players on their journeys towards sustainable careers in the football industry.

Our Coaches

Jess Dal Pos

AFLW Carlton & GWS Giants, Darebin Falcons Premiership Player, All Australian, Premiership Coach Darebin U18s,Darebin Falcons AFLW Player in Residence

Darcy Vescio

AFLW Carlton, Darebin Falcons Premiership Player, All Australian  and 2022 Darebin Falcons U10 Assistant Coach

Lulu Beatty

Northern Knights (VC) & Vic Metro 2022, Darebin Falcons U18s & VFLW player, Coach Northcote Junior Football Club

Aasta O’Connor

AFLW Western Bulldogs/Geelong (ret). DarebinFalcons Premiership Player, All Australian, 2022 U10 Assistant Coach & inaugural Inclusion & Diversity Manager

New in 2022 – Footy FunAbility!

In partnership with Croxton School, with grant funding from the City of Darebin, we are excited to include Footy Funability in our Falcons Academy School Holiday Program this year.

Footy FunAbiity is a program developed and delivered by the Darebin Women’s Sports Club.
Its aim is to provide fun experiences of football and body movement to students at the Croxton School. It has been delivered over 6 weeks at Croxton School by lead coach Aasta O’Connor, supported by Darcy Vescio and Falcons VFLW players.
If your school would like to run a program, let us know at [email protected]

Join us on

Wednesday Sept 21st & Wednesday Sept 28th



Register for one or both sessions.

Participants may book into older or younger age groups depending on their skills and experience level

*Concession rate available to health care card holders or anyone whose participation would not be possible at the full cost. We will not ask for proof.

 Our Sponsors

We are passionate about continuing to maximise the opportunity for girls and gender diverse participants to get involved  in sport. We acknowledge the generosity of our proud partners in making this possible.