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Welcome to the Swifts Talent Centre programme

On this page you will find key information regarding the upcoming 2024 winter season



The winter training programme begins:

Monday 25 March

And runs until the last week of term 3.

U9 - U12 Timeslots:


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

Under 9s:   Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm

Under 10s: Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm

Under 11s: Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm - 7pm

Under 12s: Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm


There are no trainings over school holidays or on public holidays.


An email notification will be sent out no later than 2 pm in the event that training conditions are deemed unsuitable. If this is the case, coaches will look to run alternate classroom sessions in place of turf time.

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Players U9-12 attend the team allocation days to be considered for the Swifts Pre-Academy winter programme. 

Date: Sunday 3 March

What are Team Allocation Days?

These are an extension of our summer training programme to ensure all players still playing summer sport can be observed by the Swifts coaching team and place players in appropriate teams for the winter season. 

2024 Allocation Day Information here

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Games are held on Saturday mornings at various ground locations around Wellington. Swifts trainings teams will play together for their game day.

On the weekend teams will wear the Waterside Karori AFC club colours (In the event that you play another Waterside Karori AFC team you may opt to wear the Swifts kit).

Game Day Fixtures

All game day fixtures can be found at the Capital Football website here. Fixtures are updated on a weekly basis.

Game Day Purpose

Game day is another opportunity for our players to develop, not win at all costs. Please allow them to express themselves and make mistakes. Game day is the most exciting part for a player. We see this as an extension of their training.



2024 contribution fees are set at $15/session:

Term 2: $390

Term 3: $300

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. You are still required to pay for the standard Waterside Karori AFC Winter Registration Membership to play during the winter season.

What does the contribution fee cover?

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

  • A training programme that adopts the long term player developed approach structured to support individuals through a safe, challenging and enjoyable football experience. 

  • Access to a professional, experienced and qualified coaching team who support the coordination and delivery of the programme during the winter season.

  • Access to appropriate facilities including the junior football specific Terawhiti Wilf Glover Artificial Turf, small break out room and bathroom facilities.

  • A like minded training environment that supports individual player development, leadership skills and lifelong relationships.

  • First priority team entries into Wellington based Tournaments during pre-season, in-season and post-season competitions.

  • Access to additional Game Experiences against local, national or international teams (Subject to player/team availability).


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.


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



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 Inter Football here.

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

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