We invite the best young talent in the region to participate in our squads with the hope that they can develop and progress all the way through to graduate at TAC level and possibly obtain an opportunity at AFL level.
We can select players from a range of areas including; Local, School and Representative football as well as other sports if we feel that they fit our selection criteria and will improve and develop with our assistance.
All of our programs not only aim to develop players on-field but also off-field with important information regarding other important areas such as nutrition being distributed across all our programs.
The Under 18 side play in the TAC Cup competition which involves 12 teams situated throughout Victoria. The Sandringham Dragons joined the competition in 1992. Each team plays 17 matches with the top 8 progressing to a finals format.
The Sandringham Dragons have won the TAC Cup three times in history – 1999, 2011 & 2016. The squad generally consists of 65-75 players.
In 2016 we had 8 players drafted by AFL Clubs from our TAC Cup program including; Andrew McGrath (Pick 1), Tim Taranto (Pick 2), Will Setterfield (Pick 5), Jack Scrimshaw (Pick 7) and Oliver Florent (Pick 11).
U16 Development Squad
The Under 16 squad play in the Under 16 Metro Carnival which serves as a platform to be selected for the Victorian Metro U16 side which competes in the National Championships.
The squad generally selects 70-80 players per year of which many have the chance to progress to the Under 18 TAC Cup side.
Over the past two years over 20 players have been invited into the Under 16 Victorian Metro training program following the Under 16 Metro Carnival.
TAC Cup Girls
Graduating from an ‘Academy’ in 2016, the TAC Girls competition took a major step forward in 2017 with all regions fielding a team across a 5 game season.
The TAC Cup Girls program will be responsible for over 60 talented players, all aged between 14 and 18.
U14 & U15
The Under 14 and Under 15 development programs lead into trial games during the September school holidays.
The Under 14 squad consists of between 100-110 players in the hope of progressing through to the Under 15 program the following year. This program looks to develop players basic football knowledge and skills to allow them to play the "Dragon Way".
The U15 squad consists of between 80-100 players in the hope of progressing through to the Under 16 program the following year, allowing them to represent the Dragons region in the Metro Carnival.
The U15 program looks to continue to develop the players football knowledge further and provide them with the best opportunity to progress through the AFL Vic Talent Pathway and to play TAC Cup football.