New AFL New Zealand Youth programme to launch in October

AFL New Zealand is excited to announce the ‘Youth Programme’ commencing in October 2020. 


The AFL New Zealand Youth programme has continued to grow nationwide and is now an integral part of the annual calendar.

AFL New Zealand has created its Youth Programme for new players to participate in the sport of 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 weekly session 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.


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