Auckland Youth programme focuses on local community

The Auckland Youth programme will spread its wings in 2020 as it prepares to host sites in North Harbour, Auckland, Waitakere and Counties Manukau.

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 programme will be held at the following locations:

  • North Harbour: North Harbour Stadium, starting November 1
  • Auckland Central: Colin Maiden Park, starting November 1
  • Waitakere: Waitemata RFC, starting October 31
  • Counties Manukau: Colin Lawrie Fields, starting October 31

The programme involves a combination of skill development – kicking, catching, passing and bouncing , game play and personal development. This combination will lead to a number of opportunities for participants which include, AFL New Zealand Academy selection, New Zealand representation, National Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.

There are also 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 Australia or play a touring Australian based team in April each year.