Kick starting the AFL journey

Geelong Amateur Football Club puts kids through their footy paces.

Carole Levy

Do you have a young child who would love to play footy at half-time during an AFL match?

Geelong Amateur Football & Netball Club can make that happen when kids aged between five and 12 sign up for its Auskick@Ammos program run on Friday nights at Queens Park.

David Maddock from the club says that their program is a ripper for young boys and girls.

“Registrations have been completed for this year, but kids and parents can still come along to see what Auskick is all about,” he says. “It’ll be a good chance for the kids to get a taste of footy and help them decide if they want to enrol next season.

“Boys and girls play together and learn together – in an environment that’s completely safe and brimming with fun. They pick up the skills of the game which can be transferred to a junior footy club when they’re ready and if they want.”

The freedom for kids to run, jump, kick, laugh and express themselves is what Auskick@Ammos is all about.

“We start from the very beginning, teaching all players the basics of the game. All children are different and learn differently and at different speeds, so to account for this we ensure our program is tailored to suit all individual needs.

“Parents can enjoy Auskick@Ammos as well. We encourage active involvement during sessions – and we always welcome extra hands. In fact, many parents – even those without previous footy exposure – say playing with their kids is the highlight of their week.”

Auskick@Ammos kids also get to meet players from Geelong Cats at a Super Clinic held at Simmonds Stadium, and there’s generally a ‘Parents vs Kids’ showdown and presentation at season’s end.

NOTE: Half-time AFL kick is for children in Grades 2-6 only. Auskick@Ammos takes place at 4.30-5.30pm Fridays.

For further information, call David Maddock on 0499 447 775, or Josh Logan on 0422 213 673.