Largest AFLNZ Academy set for kick off

One hundred and twenty two athletes from around the country are set to embark on an 8 week specialised AFL Academy programme in preparation for National Representation. 


The AFL New Zealand Academy kicks off on February 11th around the country where athletes will participate in skill development, athletic testing and measurement, game play and personal development over the period in a lead up to the ANZAC campaign in April.

This years squad squad boasts 122 players from 50 Schools across 8 regions (North Harbour, Auckland, Waitakere, Counties Manukau, Northland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago) in New Zealand and is the biggest Academy squad assembled since it’s inception.

Pub Charity has supported the AFL Academy with new footballs for 2018.

With a strong AFL programme within the school, Rosehill College in Counties Manukau have five students selected in the Academy. Whangarei Boys High School boast eight players in Northland while Otago Boys High School in Dunedin have seven representatives. In Canterbury, St. Bede’s College have a whopping sixteen representatives from the School.

With the support from Pub Charity, the 2018 Academy will have brand new Sherrin Footballs to train with each week.

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

Eligibility for National Representation teams can be found here: National Representation