Saints AVJennings AFL KiwiKick programme back in full swing

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Following a disrupted past two years, the Saints AVJennings AFL KiwiKick programme is back in Primary schools across the country, where AFL New Zealand staff are delivering the fundamentals of AFL.

The programme focuses on developing fundamental movement and ball skills for boys and girls between 5 to 12 years of age.

The fundamental skills of ‘Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce’ are utilised through out the AFL KiwiKick Programme and are transferable to a wide range of sports.

Organised lesson plans, volunteer retention initiatives, resource kits and coaching accreditation are all features of AFL KiwiKick.

Bayfield School in Auckland is currently taking part in the programme and AFL New Zealand Schools manager Reg Ranchhod is delighted that the programme has been so successful following the Covid-19 lockdown.

“It’s exciting to see the Saints AVJennings AFL KiwiKick programme back in schools. We provide high level experiences to schools and students, teaching fundamental skills and a new sport. This leads to further opportunities to gain and grow the students confidence in both play and sport, whether that’s AFL KiwiKick or another sport or activity! Great to be back providing even more opportunities for schools and students post the Covid lockdown.”

Students from Bayfield School with AFL KiwiKick Coach, Ben.

AFL New Zealand is working in conjunction with Sport NZ and a growing number of Regional Sports Trusts to ensure the outcomes targeted by the programme fall into alignment with the needs of local communities.

AFL New Zealand incorporates physical literacy within its programmes to encourage all participants to be Active For Life. This approach, endorsed by Sport New Zealand, 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”

AFL KiwiKick provides a great skill base for students and their transition from primary to intermediate and on to secondary school sport. It’s for boys and girls, mums and dads. AFL KiwiKick is fun, it’s safe and it works!

If your school is interested in having the AFL KiwiKick programme, please email schools@aflnz.co.nz