About the Club

The Forest Lions Junior AFL club was established in 1969 and in 2019, we celebrated our 50th season. We proudly continue to nurture the family friendly and community based club culture of the last 50 years. We boast one of the greatest retention rates of players across our region from Auskick through to U18s as our primary goal is for the kids to have fun and develop their AFL skills.


So what does the Forest Lions Junior AFL Club offer our local community?

Auskick – this is a well structured introduction to AFL for boys and girls between U5s to U8s

Junior teams, U9 through to U17s – AFL football that is played with divisions to ensure safe, competitive and enjoyable football

Expansion of Girls AFL – in 2019 the Forest Lions are proud to field a team in all available NSW AFL Youth Girls competitions. This covers U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18

AFL Players Nights – during the 2020 season we will have some special nights when a selection of AFL players come down for a training session. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to get up close to the players and get an autograph and photo


Most importantly we are a family friendly club that proudly stands by a set of Visions and Values that defines what we stand for and deliver.


In 2012 and 2014 we were nominated and won the prestigious GSJAFL Club of the year award.  This award is scored by visiting clubs and umpires and is awarded for good player/officials & spectator conduct, good facilities, good professionalism and general good sportsmanship.

Forest Lions is the oldest AFL club on the northern beaches with a proud history of success, our most recent celebrations were our U11 Div 3 and U12 Div 2 (second year in a row for this group of boys) and U12 Youth Girls; and this success comes from early skills training.  In 2018, U15’s Youth Girls and U11 Div 1 had Premiership wins as well.  As such, all coaches are trained and accredited.  We apply a games based training style rather than rigorous drills and physical endurance tests as this type of training improves sharpness of mind and body agility.  Kids are rewarded for trying and not just success.

For more information contact our club president at president@forestafl.com.au.

You are always welcome to come along and try out for a while before you register.


Forest Junior AFL Club Origins

The Forest Junior AFL Club (Forest Lions) was formed in 1969 originally as the Forest Districts Australian Football Club Inc.

We are members of the strong Sydney Northside Junior AFL Competition and play against teams primarily from the North Shore and North West regions of Sydney.


Club Growth and Success

Forest has been a very successful club over the years:

In 2001 and 2002, Forest was awarded Northside Champion Club in recognition of the success rate of our teams in winning premierships in the Northside competition. This reflects our commitment to developing teams and individuals.

In 2003, Forest was awarded Northshore Most Sportsmanlike Club award, reflecting our commitment to sportsmanship.

In 2012 and 2014 we were nominated and won the prestigious GSJAFL Club of the year award.

In addition to winning teams we have also had the fortune of hosting some excellent players over the years. In the last couple of years we have provided players to a number of associations, local and regional representative teams. We have also produced players that have gone on to the NSW Under 16 team in 2003, 2004.