AFL KiwiKick continues to thrive through the help of Four Winds Foundation.

AFL New Zealand would like to acknowledge and thank the Four Winds Foundation for their support in the development of AFL within New Zealand.

Four Winds Foundation have supported the growth and development of AFL in New Zealand by helping fund staff wages in 2021.

The funding provided by the Foundation directly assists the AFL New Zealand employment team and leads to the leadership and structure required to impact on the initiative highlighted below.

Through the support from Four Winds Foundation, AFL New Zealand continues to deliver the AFL KiwiKick programme to Primary School children around the country.

The programme teaches children not only the fundamental movement skills of Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce but also stability and locomotive movement skills, with an aim to encourage all participants involved to be Active For Life by following Sport New Zealand’s “Physical Literacy” approach.

The AFL KiwiKick Programme teaches fundamental movement skills to ages 5 to 12.

Physical literacy is “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding required by participants that allows them to value and take responsibility for engaging in physical activity and sport for life”.  In conjunction with Sport New Zealand, AFL New Zealand will look to support and promote this concept of physical literacy by actively seeking out ways to align and deliver this philosophy.

These skills are valuable for a wide variety of sports, and the AFL KiwiKick programme ensures that everyone who participates is confident and competent with those skills. Qualified AFL KiwiKick coaches deliver focused and fun sessions during school hours and afterschool, with every child receiving between 1 – 8 sessions of coaching.

AFL New Zealand will continue with these programmes, as they deliver on key outcomes that encourage children to live healthy lifestyles through sport.

To follow on from the six sessions during school time, the children then have access to an after school programme that takes place within the school grounds directly after school.

With the assistance of Four Winds, AFL KiwiKick has continued to increase exposure of AFL to the New Zealand public. Many participants aged between 5 and 12 that have completed the AFL KiwiKick programmes over the past 8 years have gone on to play in the AFLNZ Youth Competition for both Boys and Girls aged 12 to 17.