AFL New Zealand is excited to announce the return of the Youth Competition commencing in October 2019.
Now into its fifth year, the AFL New Zealand Youth competition has continued to grow nationwide and is now an integral part of the annual calendar.
AFL New Zealand has created its Youth Competition for new players to participate in the sport of AFL.
It has a focus on improving athletes’ skills and fitness within a fun environment. This is achieved through a training, game and development programme that highlights the necessary requirements throughout the pathway.
The Male and Female age grades have been aligned in 2019 and will include an Under 12’s, Under 14 and U17 grade to accompany the growth of the competition.
The Auckland competition will adopt a new home at Colin Maiden Park in St Johns as a more centralised location. Wellington’s venue will remain at Hutt Park in Seaview and the Christchurch competition will be based at Burnside RFC.
The game for everyone, this year will also see senior returning players play a key leadership role to help grow the game.
Each age group includes a combination of skill development – kicking, catching, passing and bouncing – game play and personal development that takes place throughout New Zealand. This combination will lead to a number of opportunities for participants including AFL New Zealand Academy selection, New Zealand representation, National Combine selection, access to talent scouts and AFL International Scholarships.
There are several National Academy and age group teams, Academy Level 1, Academy Level 2, New Zealand Kahu Youth Girls and New Zealand U18. These teams are selected from the respective Academy levels and either tour in Australia or play a touring Australian based team in April each year.
For further information, head to youth.aflnz.co.nz