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Tayla Harris Gets the Ball

The AFL and Google have teamed up to launch a new program to teach the skills of Australian Football. It will give access to anyone, anywhere - whether in Australia or internationally; or whether it be a future player or just a fan who wants to have a try at the skills. It is called Footy Skills Lab and is free and accessible via computer and smartphone with an internet connection. It will allow those who might not otherwise have other resources for learning the skills of the game.

AFL Skills Promo Video

Google built the program using its Tensor flow software which uses models for ball tracking and ball handling, decision making, and kicking with various levels of difficulty. It even has a scoreboard that can be shared with others.

There will be tips from athletes from the AFL, AFLW, and the AFL Wheelchair competition. A few of the participants are AFLW star Tayla Harris, Madison Prespakis, and Akec Makur Chuot. The tips will be available for anyone with visual or hearing impairment via audio prompts and closed captioning.

AFL General Manager of Women’s Football, Nicole Livingstone said the launch of the program was another way to continue support for emerging talent, “It is great to see our AFLW stars at the forefront ... Having the Google Footy Skills Lab so accessible will help enhance the performance of the next generation ... ".

Dave Bowman, Creative Chief of Google’s Partner Innovation team shared the excitement, "Whether you’re practicing on a field, in your backyard or in a wheelchair, we hope Footy Skills Lab brings pro footy coaching closer and helps you sharpen your skills. We’re thrilled to team up with the AFL and AFLW athletes to inspire people in Australia and around the world to get moving, with a little help from AI."

Anyone who wants to have a look can do so at this link:

Source: Georgia Ahern, AFL Media Release

Article last changed on Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 12:19 AM EDT

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