As the AFL New Zealand Youth Competition continues to grow around the country, the Canterbury region will be entering into its second season in 2019.
The Youth Competition for boys and girls has been created to compliment the pathway for participants to enjoy and excel in 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.
Each age group 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.
The Male and Female age grades have been aligned in 2019 and will include an Under 12’s, Under 14 and U17 grade to accompany the growth of the competition.
The Christchurch competition will be held at Burnside RFC and begins on the 20th of October.