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.

Foundation North have continued to support the growth and development of AFL in 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 40,055 personal experiences to local communities aged between 5 and 18, through the following programmes;

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

AFL New Zealand are proud of what we have achieved despite the difficulties imposed by Covid-19. The staff that Foundation North have supported through their funding efforts continue to make a difference in sustaining and growing the AFL Community within the region.

The impact within Auckland and Northland for this is evident through the success of AFL New Zealand programmes in these regions.

Increased participation in community programmes

AFL New Zealand’s Youth Programme was created 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.

AFL New Zealand looks to provide young people with the opportunity to gain and improve skills, identify their strengths and then assist them to build self-reliance that is in turn, self-rewarding. This gives young people the confidence to explore their options through sporting opportunities for fun, inclusion and social participation.

The seven week programme attracted 102 girls and boys aged between 12 and 18 from 59 schools across the region, and would not be possible without fantastic people volunteering their time to be coaches. The Youth Programme is the perfect opportunity to develop fundamentals of coaching and inspire the future generations of AFL players.

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

AFL New Zealand recently partnered with the Mangere East Hawks Rugby League Club to provide its junior participants with the AFL youth programme in the off season.

Each weekly session includes 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 including AFL New Zealand Academy selection, New Zealand representationNational Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.

The successful programme at Walter Massey Park has a been a roaring success, attracting a number of new participants to the sport, with over a third of participants female and 84% with Maori or Pacific background.

The clubs General Manager, Tasha Tasmania is excited about the partnership and see’s a number of benefits for her community.

“Mangere East Rugby League is proud to partner with AFL, it’s a an opportunity for our youth to learn how to play AFL and builds on key development components of Rugby League.  The timing is perfect and will slide in with our coaching and development programs.”

Participant Zedekiah Vea has been learning new skills along with keeping fit.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to learn another sport during the off season and prepare for the upcoming League season. Looking forward to learning new skills from the AFL trainers.”

AFL New Zealand Academy

The AFL New Zealand Academy is seen as the perfect opportunity for continued development from initial involvement at Secondary School or Youth Programme level towards High Performance, New Zealand Representation and International opportunities.

In 2021, 88 players from 50 Schools were selected across the Auckland and Northland Region.

Academy athletes participate in skill development, athletic testing and measurement, game play and personal development over an 8 week period.

From the Academy, AFL New Zealand Academy Level 1, Level 2 and New Zealand U18 Youth Girls teams will be selected consisting of 24 players each to play touring Australian teams in April next year.

Further opportunities arising from the AFL New Zealand Academy include, selection into New Zealand Academy teamsAFL New Zealand National Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.

The schools and partners we visited during this period included;

  • Mount Roskill Grammar School
  • Albany Junior High School
  • Marist College
  • Takapuna Normal Intermediate School
  • Henderson Intermediate
  • Greenhithe Primary School
  • Remuera Intermediate School
  • Koro School
  • Red Beach School
  • Westlake Boys High School
  • Dilworth Rural Campus
  • Ferguson Intermediate
  • Pukekohe Intermediate School
  • Pasadena Intermediate School
  • Kingsford School
  • Bayview Primary
  • Mangere Central School
  • Royal Oak Primary School
  • Rangeview Intermediate School
  • Papakura Normal School
  • St Anne’s Catholic School Manurewa
  • Panmure Bridge School
  • Onehunga High School
  • Waterview School
  • St Mary’s Catholic School Ellerslie
  • St Paul’s Primary School (Massey)
  • Dawson School
  • St Mary’s Catholic School (Papakura)
  • Pukekohe Christian School
  • Kauri Flats School
  • Long Bay College
  • Green Bay High
  • Timatanga Community School
  • Elim Christian College Yrs 9s-& 10 ( Mt Albert Campus)
  • Bruce Pulman Park (Otara Primary schools Claster Taster)
  • Henderson North School
  • St John’s Evangelist School (Otara)
  • Elim Christian College Yrs 1 -8s ( Mt Albert Campus)
  • Orewa College
  • Mangere East Rugby League Club Holiday Programme
  • Henderson North School
  • Elim Christian College Yrs 1 -8s ( Mt Albert Campus)
  • Orewa College
  • Dairy Flat School ( Orewa College, Coach the Coaches)
  • Red Beach School ( Orewa College, Coach the Coaches)
  • Silverdale School ( Orewa College, Coach the Coaches)
  • St Dominics Primary
  • Western Springs College
  • Redoubt North School
  • Glenfield Primary School