The chance to progress through a talent pathway is important to players who want to test themselves and play at the highest level possible.
North Coast Force representative teams
AFL North Coast runs a representative program for both male and female athletes, offering teams at Under 13, Under 15, Under 17, and Youth Girls levels. These teams are known as the NORTH COAST FORCE.
Our rep teams play against AFL North West in Tamworth on the June long weekend and play in the Northern NSW Challenge in the July school holidays each year. At this carnival the North Coast Force teams come up against players and teams from the Central Coast, Hunter Coast, North West, and South Coast.
Click on the link to see and hear our Youth Girls celebrating a win by singing the North Coast Force song.
The Northern Heat representative AFL program comprises the best Under 16, 17, and 18 players from the North Coast and North West regions. Players are selected into the program based on their performance at the Northern NSW Challenge.
This off-season program exists to extend the representative pathway for the players of the regions and provide them with a further avenue to build their game ahead of making the full time transition into senior footy.
The program finishes with a match against the Southport Colts and from this, Heat players have been invited to trial with the Southport Sharks team that plays in the East Coast/VFL competition.
North Coast Academy of Sport AFLW Program
AFL NSW/ACT partners with the North Coast Academy of Sport to offer an AFL program for female athletes.
Regional Academy of Sport programs provide the first step on the female talent pathway that leads to the AFLW. Selection in the NSW/ACT AFL Under 16 and Under 18 State Teams to compete at National Championships starts with inclusion in the North Coast Academy of Sport program.
The program has an emphasis on providing greater skills development, strength and conditioning support and physical preparation, together with an ancillary sports education program.
For more info please click here.
Talent Development Pathways
The North Coast Force representative teams are an important step in the talent development pathway that leads from local club footy all the way to the AFL.
To view the male pathway please click here.
To view the female pathway please click here.