The 2018 Auckland Youth competition will be based at Unitec in Mt Albert after AFL New Zealand recently partnered with the Tertiary Institution to provide a new centrally based venue to cater for inclusion and growth of the competition.
The 8 week competition which begins at the end of October will take place at the Unitec facilities to provide increased accessibility for Auckland based participants who have in previous seasons travelled to QBE Stadium, a further 25 kilometres North of Central Auckland.
With the new venue located closer to central Auckland, AFL New Zealand expects big growth in all age groups, including the new U12 Boys and Girls 16 and over ages.
The locations proximity to AFL’s future home, Western Springs Stadium and the current redevelopment work currently underway is also a benefit as we work towards the future facility growth for AFL.
The venue will include two training fields and playing field dressing rooms as well as periodic access to the Unitec indoor facilities that also be utilised for the newly developed “Master Class” programme that will underpin the recruitment of female participants for Youth, Academy and the future AFL New Zealand Women’s Premiership.