International Scholarships


AFL International Scholarship opportunities allow for up to eight players outside of Australia to be listed with each AFL club every year.

The Youth competition, National Combine, Academy and tournaments that involve New Zealand teams are monitored by AFL talent scouts looking to provide opportunities for talented athletes from New Zealand.

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Kurt Heatherley in action for the Hawthorn Football Club

New Zealand born players Shem Tatupu (St Peters College, original sports Rugby and League) and Kurt Heatherley (St Pauls Hamilton, original sport Basketball) have successfully transitioned through the process to gain AFL contracts with 2014 Premiers Hawthorn FC.

Siope Ngata (Aorere College, original sport Rugby) and Giovanni Mountain-Silbery (Aorere College, original sport League) and Joseph Baker Thomas (Porirua College, original sport, Rugby), currently have International Scholarships with AFL clubs Hawthorn FC and St Kilda FC.