Four Winds foundation helping kids stay active through

AFL New Zealand would like to acknowledge and thank the Four Winds Foundation for their support in the development of AFL within New Zealand.

AFL New Zealand extends their gratitude to the Four Winds Foundation for their instrumental role in advancing AFL development within the nation. The Foundation’s recent support has been a driving force behind the progress and expansion of AFL programs, solidifying their commitment to the growth of sports and development of young talent.

The funding provided by the Four Winds Foundation plays a crucial role in supporting various AFL New Zealand programs that are integral to the development of young athletes nationwide. Among these programs are:

AFL KiwiKick

AFL New Zealand continues to deliver the AFL KiwiKick programme to Primary School children around the country.

The programme teaches children not only the fundamental movement skills of Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce but also stability and locomotive movement skills, with an aim to encourage all participants involved to be Active For Life by following Sport New Zealand’s “Physical Literacy” approach.

Physical literacy is “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding required by participants that allows them to value and take responsibility for engaging in physical activity and sport for life”.  In conjunction with Sport New Zealand, AFL New Zealand will look to support and promote this concept of physical literacy by actively seeking out ways to align and deliver this philosophy.

These skills are valuable for a wide variety of sports, and the AFL KiwiKick programme ensures that everyone who participates is confident and competent with those skills. Qualified AFL KiwiKick coaches deliver focused and fun sessions during school hours and afterschool, with every child receiving between 1 – 8 sessions of coaching.

AFL New Zealand Youth Programme

AFL New Zealand created its Youth programme for new players to participate in the sport of AFL.

Within the AFL New Zealand Youth programme there is a focus on improving the participants skills and fitness along with a training, game and development programme through a fun and enjoyable pathway.

The AFL New Zealand Youth programme includes five centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

AFL Cup

The AFL Cup is an Inter School competition for Junior (Years 9-10) and Senior (Years 11-13) students based on fundamental movement and ball skills of AFL for boys and girls.

The programme provides introductory sessions and resources presented by qualified AFL New Zealand Staff to introduce a new and dynamic sport to students. The skills of ‘Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce’ are perfectly matched to cross reference any number of sports. The 9 a side format is suitable for rugby size fields and with three reserves per team, team numbers are easy to coordinate.

With the assistance of Four Winds, these programmes will continue to increase the awareness and exposure of AFL to the New Zealand public.

The support from Four Winds Foundation ensures the continued growth, awareness, and exposure of AFL to the New Zealand public. The collaborative efforts between AFL New Zealand and the Foundation serve as a beacon of hope, empowering young athletes and contributing to the long-term success of AFL programs nationwide.