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AFL is a game for everyone of all ages and levels of skill.

 

AFL KiwiKick

AFL New Zealand’s ‘AFL KiwiKick’ programme focuses on developing fundamental movement and ball skills for boys and girls between 5 to 12 years of age.

AFL KiwiKick is run nationwide by qualified AFL New Zealand employees.

The programme can include between 8 to 10 sessions and a match programme and takes place at your local Play AFL Club or school to ensure the burden of travel is reduced for parents and volunteers.

It can be held before, during or after school and runs on a set day each week with session frequency, duration and cost structure designed to suit the needs of each school or centre.

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Register your interest for your local Play AFL Club

AFL 9s – The Game for Everyone.

It has been developed to provide all AFL enthusiasts, as well as those new to the game, with a match-play experience that has strong parallels with the traditional game.

AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet. Importantly, AFL 9s is easy to play, not too physically demanding and provides an environment where fun, enjoyment and safety are a priority.

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Register a team for AFL 9s (teenagers and adults)

Register as an individual for AFL 9s (teenagers and adults)

 

House Rules

The AFL House Rules Programme focusses on providing students with easy access to participate in the new and dynamic sport of AFL.

The competition takes place at a venue determined by your school, most often within your own school grounds. This alleviates travel costs for the school and the participants and more importantly provides opportunities to more students beyond the elite school representative teams.

The format is a perfect for competition between classes or houses and can be played by boys, girls or in a mixed format that utilises touch, tag or tackle modifications. It’s a new fun way to get more kids, more active, more often and improve the skills of Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce at the same time.

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The ‘Hawks Cup’ is an Inter School competition format for Junior (years 9/10) and Seniors (year 11/13) students based on fundamental movement and ball skills for boys and girls.

The programme provides introductory sessions and resources presented by qualified AFL New Zealand employees to introduce a new and dynamic sport to students. The skills of ‘Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce’ are perfectly matched to cross reference any number of sports. The 9 a side format is suitable for rugby size fields and with three reserves per team, team numbers are easy to coordinate.

AFL appears in the NZ Secondary School Sports Council calendar and provides all schools with the opportunity to participate in localised cluster tournaments that run for two hours to ensure both travel and time commitments are minimized. The Hawks Cup culminates in North Island and South Island Championships with Seniors held in Term 1 and Juniors Term 4, every year.

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Senior Football Leagues

There are currently four open mens AFL competitions in New Zealand.

The Waikato League is the latest inclusion and there are hopes of forming leagues in the Otago and Hawkes Bay regions.

Every year the five leagues send representative teams to the National Provincial Championship held over Labour weekend.

The level of competition is high and the NPC gives players an opportunity for selection to the New Zealand national team the New Zealand Hawks.

Learn More. Where can I play?

AFL 9s- The Game for Everyone.

It has been developed to provide all AFL enthusiasts, as well as those new to the game, with a match-play experience that has strong parallels with the traditional game.

AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet. Importantly, AFL 9s is easy to play, not too physically demanding and provides an environment where fun, enjoyment and safety are a priority.

Register a team for AFL 9s (teenagers and adults)

Register as an individual for AFL 9s (teenagers and adults)

 

Senior Football Leagues

There are currently five open mens AFL competitions in New Zealand.

The Otago League is the latest inclusion and there are hopes of forming a league in the Hawkes Bay region.

Every year the five leagues send representative teams to the National Provincial Championship held over Labour weekend.

The level of competition is high and the NPC gives players an opportunity for selection to the New Zealand national team the New Zealand Hawks.

Learn More. Where can I play?

 

Can you lend a hand?

Coaching

Set Training Times and Dates and notify players

Use AFL resources to create a training plan

Organise Footballs cones and a Whistle

Make the sessions as fun and game orientated at possible

Ensure all players will be present for game day

Give players guideline roles targets for the game

Time Commitments:

Trainings allow 1.5-2 hours

Game Day allow 2 hours

Administration – 1 hour

Total hours per week 5

Managing

Give forms to player to fill out, ensure all players are registered

Coordinate with Coach regarding training times

Uniforms, Water bottles, Ice, First Aid Kits, oranges, contingency plans

Invite parents, friends and family to join in or watch

Ensure all players will be present for game day

Recruit game day helpers

Ensure necessary game day jobs are completed by players or othe helpers

Time Commitments:

Trainings allow 1-2hours

Game Day allow 2 hours

Administration – 1 hour

Total hours per week 5

Resources available:

AFLNZ works directly with Sports Distributors, for any sporting equipment please liaise with AFLNZ.

AFLNZ is more than happy to assist with Funding proposals to ensure your club can receive all available support.

 

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