Record numbers trial for North Coast Force teams

North Coast Force in action. Photo: Brad Greenshields.

THE NORTH Coast Force representative program has gone from strength to strength having announced its strongest junior representative teams yet.

For the first time over 200 players trialled for teams, with the record number of players nominating to trial driving selection standards.

A further landmark for the program is the inclusion of a Youth Girls 15 team, which means that 2023 will see AFL North Coast fielding teams in each male and female age group for the first time.

North Coast Force teams will feature in six age groups in 2023; under 13s, under 15s, under 17s, Youth Girls 13, Youth Girls 15, and Youth Girls 17,

It was only twelve months ago that the Force added a Youth Girls 13 team and this rapid expansion is a true reflection of the exponential growth of girls AFL footy throughout the region.

Community Football Manager Paul Taylor said that the program is becoming the envy of other regions.

“The strength of the Force program has grown year on year from both a quality and quantity perspective, and this is drawing new players to it each year,” he said.

“There’s no doubt the link to the Sydney Swans Academy gives the program extra standing in many people’s eyes, but the work that our Force coaches are doing is the key to ensuring that our players are improving and making their mark within the club scene and talent pathway.

“With former local players involved at AFLW, VFLW, SANFL, and various state league levels, our region is gaining a reputation as a breeder of talented players.

“This opens doors for the next generation of players, and our aim is to ensure that they’re best prepared to grasp the opportunities that come their way.”

North Coast Force teams will compete at the Hunter Challenge Cup on 10-11 June, as well as the Northern NSW Championships in Coffs Harbour from 8-10 July.

North Coast Force teams will take on other regions at the two carnivals, including the Central Coast, Hunter Metro, Hunter Country, North West, and Illawarra.


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