The Canterbury Youth programme is heading into its third season in 2020 and continues to grow in numbers with participants flocking to the sport of AFL.
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 Canterbury programme will be held at Burnside RFC and begins on the 1st of November.
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.
“Can’t wait for the start of the Youth programme. It is such a great game and is played in a fun and supportive environment. I love the opportunity to learn new skills and the chance to represent my country.” Returning player, Cam Howison.
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.