One hundred and six athletes from around the country are set to embark on an 8 week specialised AFL New Zealand Academy programme in preparation for National Representation.
The AFL New Zealand Academy kicks off on Sunday February 9th around the country where athletes will participate in skill development, athletic testing and measurement, game play and personal development over the period in a lead up to the ANZAC campaign in April.
This years squad squad boasts 106 players across 8 regions (North Harbour, Auckland, Waitakere, Counties Manukau, Northland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago) in New Zealand and is the biggest Academy squad assembled since it’s inception.
In Auckland, Alastair Maisey and Jolyn Collins will be the main coaches for the Boy’s and Girls Academy. Maisey has been involved in coaching the Youth Kahu over the past 3 years while Collins is the former Captain of the Kahu.
2017 AFL New Zealand Volunteer of the Year Peter Geale will lead the Academy in Wellington and by his side will be Jaydn Robson. Jaydn is starting out in his coaching pathway and was recently involved with the Youth competition.
Adam Clarke will be in charge in Christchurch. Clarke was the Level 1 Head Coach during last year’s Mornington Peninsula campaign and also took on a coaching role in the Youth competition.
Opportunities arising from the AFL New Zealand Academy include, selection into New Zealand Academy teams, AFL New Zealand National Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.
Eligibility for National Representation teams can be found here: National Representation