Ju­nior AFL num­bers are grow­ing rapidly

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.