AFL Max is located just near the airport on the corner of Sir Donald Bradman Drive and Tapleys Hill Road. This huge five-and-a-half-thousand square-metre state-of-the-art facility brings together technology and traditional footy skills.
It’s the perfect place for footy fans to get amongst it, to see if they’ve got the goods to tackle the various challenges the game throws at them!
There are two parts to this space: the AFL side with its skills and bump zones, a tackle and draft testing zone, as well as other play activities such as climbing walls and trampolines. Plus, there’s a very cool virtual reality zone!
AFL Max has been in the making for three years. It’s a dream-turned-reality for former Crows forward James Podsiadly. And with the help of investors, the AFL, and mate Rory Sloane, his vision has come to fruition.
“It’s a concept of…when I was playing and when I was coaching, I’m really passionate about getting kids active and it sort of started there,” James said. “I just thought: how can I actually engage kids, parents and families using the AFL brand and bring them into a safe, clean, environment with a roof on it to get them to play and have some fun?”
From climbing walls and ropes to footy dodgeball and a trampoline area designed to take gravity-defying speckies… there is lots to do, including kickin’ it old school with a bit of street target practice on the large mural walls — something Rory and James loved doing when they were kids.
AFL Max is open seven days a week. Check out their website for all the details.