All players who are selected to play in one of Waterside Karori's streamed competitive teams (grades 9 - 15) or Under 17s teams participate in the Swifts winter season programme.  

See here for details of our Emerging Swifts programme for grades 6 - 8.


You can indicate your interest in trialling for a selected team (and therefore participating in the Swifts programme) at the time you register for Karori for the winter season.

On this page:

  • Training schedule

  • Tournaments

  • Selection

  • Cost


Grades 9 - 12:  


Trainings are held two times a week at Terawhiti Turf as follows:

Grade 9: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm - 5pm

Grade 10: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm - 6pm

Grade 11: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm - 7pm

Grade 12: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm - 8pm


Trainings start on Tuesday 24 March (two weeks before the start of the season) and finish Thursday 17 September - with no trainings over school holidays (for a total of 23 weeks training).

Grade 13 - Under 17s: 


Trainings for grade 13, u15 and u17 trainings will be held at a combination of Terawhiti and various full size venues. Trainings are generally held three times a week.  


Days and times for the 2020 winter season will be confirmed in early 2020, once the Council has confirmed grounds allocations.



Grade 9 - 12 Swifts teams are entered into a pre-season and a post-season tournament each (exact allocations and more details to be confirmed closer to the time). 

Pre-season: Teams will be entered into one of the following tournaments:


Kapiti Tournament

10/11 April - Mazengarb Park, Paraparaumu


Eastbourne Tournament

29 March (G10, 12) / 5 April (G9, 11) - Days Bay, Eastbourne

Post-season: Teams will be entered into one of the following tournaments:

Western Suburbs Tournament

7/8 September - Endeavour Park, Whitby

Douglas Villa Tournament

12/13 September - Park Sports Ground, Masterton

Your Swifts gameday coach will attend these tournaments with your team.

Travel events

Your team may decide to enter additional tournaments outside the Wellington region, such as those in Taupo, Auckland or Christchurch.  Entry into these tournaments is optional and at the cost of those participating.

Karori Cup

The Karori Cup is an annual fixture between Waterside Karori AFC v Upper Hutt City Football Club. It involves two teams from each of the junior grades and combined results determine the overall winner for the year.



Grade 9 - 12:  Trials for selected "Premier League" teams will be held in late February. Indicate your intention to trial at the same time as you register for the winter season.

Trials are run by Swifts coaches.  In addition to the selection criteria set out below, coaches will also take into account their previous experience with players.

Trial 1: Small Sided Games

Sunday 1 March 2020


Terawhiti Turf

Grade 12: 8:30am - 9:30am

Grade 10: 9:45am - 10:45am

Grade 11: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Grade 9: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Trial 2: Full Sided Games


Tuesday 3 March 2020 OR Thursday 5 March 2020 

(You will be able to select one of two days and you need only attend one not both.)


Terawhiti Turf

Grade 9: 4pm - 5pm

Grade 10: 5:10pm - 6:10pm

Grade 11: 6:20pm - 7:20pm

Grade 12: 7:30pm - 8:30pm



Once both trials have been completed, selectors will collate and review their selections as a team. This process will be completed by Tuesday 10 March 2020.

We will be selecting four Swifts teams for grades 9 and 10, three for grade 11 and two for grade 12.

Players who are selected will have their selection confirmed by email, and we will provide further details about your team and the season at that time.

Players who are not selected this time will be provided with feedback and placed into a non- or semi-graded team.  We will also provide guidance on opportunities to help you work towards selection next time.

Training begins


The Swifts programme kicks off on Tuesday 24 March 2020.


Grade 13 and u15: Details to be confirmed in early 2020.


Under 17s:  All players participate in the Swifts programme.  Players will initially participate in a wider training squad, and be allocated to a playing team based on pre- and early-season performance (and may then be reallocated based on performance throughout the season).


Players who participate in Swifts are required to pay Swifts contribution fee.  Note that this fee is additional to the membership fee that is paid at the time you register to play for Karori for the winter season.

What does the contribution fee cover?

The contribution fee helps to cover some of the cost of:

  • Professional coaching for the winter season: All trainings are delivered our full time, qualified and experienced Swifts coaching team.

  • Turf training time: Swifts trainings are held on artificial turfs.

  • Tournaments: Travel League teams are entered into a  pre-season and a post-season tournament each.

  • Access to additional education and game opportunities: Swifts runs a range of additional educational sessions on things like nutrition, fitness, health/safety/injury prevention and recovery, speed and agility. Players have access to additional "friendlies" against other clubs and academies throughout the year.

We aim to keep the cost of the programme as low as possible, with the support of grant funding and sponsorship.  Waterside Karori is a not-for-profit charity and is proud to be able to offer Swifts at a significantly lower price than other similar programmes.

How much is the contribution fee in 2020?

Grade 9 - 12 (two Swifts trainings per week): $TBC

Grade 13 - u15 (three Swifts trainings per week): $TBC


Under 17s (two Swifts trainings per week): $TBC

Under 17s (three/four Swifts trainings per week): $TBC

Payment details


Players selected for Swifts will be asked to register online before the start of the season.  Payment  can be made at that time by credit card.  Payment can be made in instalments over the course of the season.


We encourage you to contact us if you would like to pay about alternative payment arrangements if making payment in full will be difficult for you.

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