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The Swifts Talent Centre summer training programme is here for players of all ages and abilities to help you take your game to the next level during the summer months.

Our highly qualified and knowledgeable coaching team will support you to build confidence with your football, leadership and teamwork skills, through a series of carefully designed training activities. 


We take an age appropriate, holistic approach to training, aiming to create a safe, challenging and enjoyable football environment for you to get the most out of your time with us.

We look forward to working with you! 

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Players selected for our Swifts Programme youth teams will train three times a week. Trainings for the 2024 winter season will run at the following times and locations.










Te Whaea Artificial Turf

Karori Park Grass Pitch

Terawhiti Turf

Please arrive 15 minutes before the session start time.



The head coach will send a notification out via email if the conditions are deemed unsuitable for training.



Please notify your head coach ahead of time so they can appropriately prepare the session. 



To be selected for the Swifts Talent Centre programme please make sure you select to play ‘competitively’ at the time of registration and attend the ‘open training sessions’.


What is the selection process? 


Players will be invited to attend our ‘open training days’. From here the Swifts coaching team will observe players and determine if a player is suited to the Swifts Talent Centre programme and what team they would be best suited to. 


What are open training days?


The open training days are for all players wanting to be selected into one of the Swift Talent Centre teams. The Swifts coaching team will use these trainings to determine player selection and team suitability.


We encourage players to attend the Swifts Summer Training Programme to be seen by our Swifts Coaches on a regular basis. The ‘open training days’ are there to cover players still involved in summer sports or who are new to the club. 


Player Placement


Players selected for the Swifts Talent Centre team will be required to train 3 x per week and will be aiming to compete in the highest league available.

Open Training Days


The open trainings days will be held on: 

  • Sunday 10 March @ Wellington College

The Open Training Day Format


Players will be taken through a typical training session that allows the Swifts coaching team to see the players in a variety of activities that they would do throughout the season. 

What if I'm not selected? 

Players not selected will be placed in a Waterside Karori AFC social team. The Swifts coaching team will provide feedback. 


All players are expected to wear the Swifts training kit to all Swifts trainings.

The kit is made up of a black top with the Swifts logo on the chest, black shorts and black socks.

Kit can be purchased online from Ultra Football here.

Ultra Football also offers some optional extra Swifts gear, including Swifts hoodies, warm up pullovers, and club merchandise (see here - including rain jackets).

We have a training kit for the programme for a number of reasons:

  • it provides consistency and builds a sense of team on the training field and between squads

  • it sets the scene - players are expected to behave and train according to the Swifts values and rules whenever wearing the kit

  • it makes it easier for coaches to create clearly identifiable teams within training sessions (vs mixed colours)

  • it provides an alternative playing strip if one is required



The Swifts Talent Centre programme is an additional service to the Waterside Karori AFC membership fee and therefore all Swifts Talent Centre participants are required to pay a Swift contribution fee. Please note that the Swifts Talent Centre programme is optional as well as selection based. You are still required to pay for the standard Waterside Karori AFC Winter Registration Membership to play during the winter season.

Waterside Karori AFC is a not-for-profit charity and is proud to offer the Swifts Talent Centre programme. We aim to keep the cost of the programme as low as possible, with the support of grant funding and sponsorship.  


Payment details


Players selected for Swifts will be asked to register online before the start of the season. Payment can be made in instalments over the course of the season.

Train 3 x per week: $585 (term 2) and $450 (term 3) (+ club subscription fee) 

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


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