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Youth Swifts Allocation Days 7-8.30pm Thursday 9 and 16 March

Welcome to the Swifts Talent Centre

Here you will find key information regarding the 2023 winter season for U13-U17s



The winter training programme begins:

- Monday 27 March 2023

The winter training programme ends: 

- September 2023

Winter Training times:



Mondays: 7:20 - 8:20 pm at Te Whaea Turf

Wednesdays: 4 - 5 pm at Terawhiti Turf

Thursdays: 6 - 7 pm at Te Whaea Turf


U15s - TBC



Tuesdays: 7:20 - 8:20 pm at Te Whaea Turf (TBC)

Thursdays: 6 - 7 pm at Te Whaea Turf (TBC)


*One training to be added once ground bookings have been finalised. 


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




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.

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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’.


In 2022 our aim is to run two competitive Swifts Talent Centre teams at U13s, player numbers permitting. In the event that we can achieve this, it will allow us to run both teams closely together during the training week and split on a game day. 


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 A team will be required to train 3 x per week and will be aiming to compete in the highest league available.


Players selected for the Swifts Talent Centre B team will be required to train 2 x per week, with the option to train 3 x per week and will be placed in the highest league available. 


Player Movement


Players will start in a set team at the beginning of the season but throughout the year both teams will work closely with each other to allow player movement either up or down to support player numbers or provide opportunities for different development challenges. Player movement will always be determined by the head coach and communicated with the player and parents.  

Open Training Days


The open trainings days will be held on: 

  • 9 March 2023 (7-8.30pm at Terawhiti Turf)

  • 16 March 2023 (7-8.30pm at Terawhiti Turf)

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. 


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

During pre-season all eligible U17 players will train with our senior mens environment mainly consisting of U20 players. 

From here we will determine which environment each U17 player will be better suited to for the upcoming season, whether that be senior football or U17s football. 




Swifts teams have access to the various tournaments that happen locally and nationally. The Swifts coaching team will determine what tournaments are attended. 

Possible tournament opportunities if they run the age group.


Pre-season opportunities

Kapiti Tournament

Mazengarb Park, Paraparaumu

Douglas Villa Tournament

Park Sports Ground, Masterton

In-season opportunities:

Karori Cup

Upper Hutt Football Club, Trentham Park


Post-season opportunites: 

Western Suburbs Tournament

Endeavour Park, Whitby


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. Where required the Swifts Coaching team will pick players based on their holistic progress during the winter season.

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.



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: $770 (+ 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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