Junior AFL numbers are growing rapidly
JUNIOR AFL is marking itself as one of the fastest growing sports on the North Coast, recording a 42% increase in the number of teams ahead of this year’s season.
This exciting growth is highlighted locally with the Nambucca Valley Lions re-joining the competition after a long break with an under-11 team, Bellingen Bulldogs adding an under-15.5 team to their existing two younger teams and the Northern Beaches Blues entering under-13s in addition to their under-11 team.
The rapid growth doesn’t stop there. This year’s introduction of a four team Youth Girls competition (ages 13 to 17) is also driving the numbers up significantly. The new competition will feature a Coffs Harbour Breakers outfit that had an incredible 22 players attend the first training run of the season.
“AFL is growing in popularity year on year,” development manager for AFL NSW/ACT,” Matt Crawley said.
“Off the back of the recent visit to the region by the Sydney Swans and the introduction of the AFL Women’s competition we’re seeing boys and girls of all ages wanting to join clubs and play the game.”
INCREASED NUMBERS: Participation levels in the AFL North Coast juniors have risen significantly.