Foundation North continues to support the growth of AFL in New Zealand

AFL New Zealand would like to thank Foundation North for their continued support in the development of AFL within New Zealand.

The funding provided by the Trust directly assists the AFL New Zealand employment team and leads to the leadership and structure required to impact on the initiatives highlighted below.

Over the past 12 months, AFL New Zealand has delivered 24,274 personal experiences to local communities aged between 5 and 18, through the following programmes;

  • AFLNZ Youth Programme
  • AFL New Zealand Academy
  • AFL KiwiKick
  • Secondary Schools Coach the Coaches

Foundation North’s commitment to supporting staff has continued to yield positive outcomes, contributing to the sustainability and growth of the AFL Community across Auckland and Northland. The impact of their funding efforts is evident in the success of AFL New Zealand programmes in these regions.

Increased participation in community programmes

The AFL New Zealand Youth Programme, designed for newcomers to participate in the sport of AFL, has seen a notable increase in community participation. With a focus on skill development and fitness enhancement in a fun environment, the programme emphasizes the essential elements of the sport through structured training, games, and developmental activities.

Our aim is to empower young individuals by providing them with opportunities to enhance their skills, identify their strengths, and cultivate self-reliance, leading to self-fulfillment. This approach instills confidence in youth, encouraging them to explore sporting avenues for enjoyment, inclusivity, and social engagement.

Currently, there are six established Auckland clubs, Howick Hornets, North Shore Tigers, Manurewa Raiders, Mt Roskill Saints, University Blues and Waitakere Magpies who benefit from the inclusion of the youth programmes.

Utilisation of AFL New Zealand development pathways and resources, CoachAFL will also take place to assist with volunteer involvement and quality experiences.

The provision of quality experiences ensures ongoing participation and can lead to a lifetime of involvement with the sport of AFL.

  •              Appropriate facility management
  •              Coaching, umpiring and volunteer frameworks
  •              Clubrooms and social networking opportunities
  •              Professional coordination
  •              Quality resources
Success story from Spring Into Twilight Sports activation:

Our collaboration with Community Connect in the AFL New Zealand Kiwikick Programme has resulted in significant outcomes. We distributed essential resources, engaged 100 participants weekly for six weeks at Pūmanawa Āwhina in the Park sessions, and joined the Spring Into Twilight Sports activation, contributing to a vibrant community event. This initiative fostered community engagement and connection, addressing the critical need for more opportunities for children to play sports regularly. The collaboration signifies a positive step towards enhancing community engagement through sports, highlighting the impact of our programme on fostering physical activity and fun within the community.

Additionally, thanks to ongoing support, AFL New Zealand’s Youth Programme has flourished, providing engaging opportunities for community involvement in AFL. Festival Days have united diverse youth for enjoyable AFL events, prioritising skill enhancement, gameplay, and personal development, ultimately leading to chances for academy selection and national representation. Evaluating the year, we delivered 24,274 experiences to a wide demographic, surpassing our goal. This inclusive strategy, promoting diversity and community involvement, highlights our dedication to youth development and AFL’s expansion in New Zealand.

The schools and partners we visited during this period included;

  • Auckland Māori’s Rugby Kicking session
  • Avondale College
  • Beachhaven School
  • Carmel College
  • Colin Maiden Park
  • Community Connect – Spring Into Twilight Sports (Manaia View School)
  • De La Selle College
  • Epsom Girls Grammar School
  • Green Bay High School
  • Harbour Sport – Sports Day for International Student
  • Henderson Intermediate
  • Hobsonville Point Secondary School
  • Kingsway School – Senior School
  • Kingsway Primary
  • Kolma – Iron Up Holiday Session
  • Liston College
  • Long Bay College
  • Long Bay Primary
  • Lynfield College
  • Marist College
  • Marlborough Primary
  • Mount Roskill Grammar School
  • Mt Albert Primary
  • Mt Roskill Primary School
  • Northcote Intermediate
  • Northcross Intermediate
  • Onewa domain – BOOST Have a go
  • Orewa Primary
  • Papatoetoe Intermediate School
  • Pasadena Intermediate School
  • Red Beach School
  • Silverdale Rugby Club (Iron Up Sports Holiday programme)
  • St Dominic’s Girl’s Catholic College
  • St Patrick’s School (Panmure)
  • Sunnynook Park
  • Tamaoho School
  • Te Papapa School
  • Waikowhai Intermediate
  • Waitakere College
  • Waterview School
  • Westlake Boys High School
  • Westlake Girls High School