AFL New Zealand would like to acknowledge and thank the St. Kilda Football Club and AVJennings for their continued support in the development of AFL within New Zealand.
AFL New Zealand’s ‘AVJennings Saints AFL KiwiKick’ programme focuses on developing fundamental movement and ball skills for boys and girls between 5 to 12 years of age.
The programme teaches children not only the fundamental movement skills of Kick, Catch, Pass and Bounce but also stability and locomotive movement skills as well. 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, with every child receiving at least six sessions of coaching.
AFL New Zealand takes the Physical Literacy Approach in all its programmes to encourage all participants to be ACTIVE FOR LIFE. This approach is endorsed by Sport New Zealand. 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.”
AFL New Zealand and St. Kilda will work together in the coming months around a community exchange programme which will develop staff, volunteers and participants from Junior level all the way to Senior level.
AFL KiwiKick participants:
“It has been great to have AVJennings and St Kilda Football Club part of the AFL KiwiKick Programme, with their support assisting in providing an AFL KiwiKick bag and ball to every student who completes the afterschool program. With football in hand, they can continue their AFL skills at home and school.” Reg Ranchhod, AFL KiwiKick Development Manager.
The AVJennings Saints 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.
AFL New Zealand is sanctioned by New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council and appears in their calendar. All schools are provided with the opportunity to participate in localised cluster day tournaments that ensure both travel and time commitments are minimized. The AFL Cup culminates in North Island and South Island Championships with Seniors held in Term 1 and Juniors Term 4, every year.