Tamaki Schools benefit from AFL KiwiKick

Through the support of Sport Auckland and Kiwisport, AFL New Zealand has delivered the AFL KiwiKick programme to over 1100 Primary and Intermediate School children within the Tamaki region in Auckland. AFL New Zealand will continue to promote and deliver on key outcomes that encourage children to live healthy lifestyles through sport.


The ‘Tamaki’ Project was initiated by the cluster of schools based within the school region. Schools were canvassed by Sport Auckland as to which sporting organisations they would like to deliver sport and fundamental movement skills programmes, to their students.

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.

Schools involved in the project:

  • Bailey Road School
  • Stanhope School
  • Sylvia Park School
  • Panama Road School

To follow on from the sessions during school time, the children then have access to an after school programme that takes place within the school grounds directly after school. This provides the participants with easy access in a familiar setting and also provides parents with the opportunity of attending. This opportunity has been taken up enthusiastically, with more than 15% (50 participants) of the total school roll taking part at Bailey Road School.

The AFL KiwiKick programme also encourages teachers to be involved in the sessions and gain professional development. The teachers learn how to deliver AFL KiwiKick sessions and control games of AFL. This will ensure that children can continue to be active sporting participants utilising the teachers newly developed skills following the departure of AFL New Zealand coaches associated with the AFL KiwiKick programme.

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 you would like to know more information on the programme or you would like to have the programme run in your school, please contact National AFL KiwiKick Manager Reg Ranchhod at aflkiwikick@aflnz.co.nz or 09 447 1434.



AFL KiwiKick Lesson Plan Booklets – https://aflnz.co.nz/afl-kiwikick/coaching-lesson-plan/

AFL KiwiKick skill Lesson Videos – https://aflnz.co.nz/afl-kiwikick-skills-videos/

AFLNZ Youth Competition – http://youth.aflnz.co.nz/