AFL New Zealand is excited to announce the return of the Youth Competition commencing in October 2018.
Now in its fourth year, AFL New Zealand has announced that Christchurch will be included as the third venue around the country as AFL in New Zealand continues to grow.
In addition to the new location in Christchurch, an Under 12’s grade, Under 16 Girls & 16 and Over Girls grades have also been introduced to accompany the growth of the competition.
The Auckland competition will adopt a new home in Unitec in Mt Albert as a more centralised location. Wellington’s venue will remain at Hutt Park in Seaview and the new Christchurch competition will be based at Burnside RFC.
The Youth Competition for boys and girls has been created to compliment the pathway for participants to enjoy and excel in AFL.
It has a focus on improving athletes’ skills and fitness within a fun environment. This is achieved through a training, game and development programme that highlights the necessary requirements throughout the pathway.
The game for everyone, this year will also see senior returning players play a key leadership role to help grow the game.
Each age group includes a combination of skill development – kicking, catching, passing and bouncing – game play and personal development that takes place throughout New Zealand. This combination will lead to a number of opportunities for participants including AFL New Zealand Academy selection, New Zealand representation, National Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.
There are several National Academy and age group teams, Academy Level 1, Academy Level 2, New Zealand Kahu Youth Girls and New Zealand U18. These teams are selected from the respective Academy levels and either tour in Australia or play a touring Australian based team in April each year.
For further information, head to youth.aflnz.co.nz