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. 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.
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Grades 9 - 12: Trainings are held two times a week at Terawhiti Turf. Days and times for the 2020 winter season will be confirmed by the end of 2019.
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 by the end of 2019.
Swifts teams are entered into a range of pre- and post-season tournaments. Details for 2020 will be confirmed closer to the time.
Grade 9 - Under 15s: Trials for selected "Premier League" teams are 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
DATE 2020 TBC
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
DATE 2020 TBC
(You will be able to select one of two days and you need only attend one not both.)
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 the end of DATE 2020 TBC.
We will be selecting three or four Swifts teams for grades 9 and 10 and two for grades 11 and 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.
The Swifts programme kicks off the week of DATE 2020 TBC.
Under 17s: Players will 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.
Swifts training kit: Players who are new to Swifts receive a training kit at no additional cost (Nike jersey, shorts socks). Returning players are able to purchase training kit here.
Additional gear: Players receive a Karori tracksuit top, and have access to high quality training equipment.
Turf training time: Swifts trainings are held on artificial turfs.
Tournaments: Travel League and u17 teams are entered into a range of pre- and post-season tournaments.
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
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.