HAVING A BALL: AFL Tasmania’s new development trainees Leigh Harding and Nathan Grima and AFL regional development officer Craig Notman get into the football spirit at yesterday’s Auskick launch at YoThe AFL Auskick programme is a fun introduction to the game of Aussie rules for five to 12-year-old boys and girls, based on developing skills and playing the game in a modified form.
AFL Tasmania State development manager Daniel Smedley said that during the 2003 season, Auskick saw a 32 per cent increase in participation with more than 5500 children involved and Tasmania had seen a 100 per cent increase in the past two years.
“AFL Auskick will be provided in community, club and school-based programmes and is set to be delivered in more than 150 centres across Tasmania with about 5800 participants this year,” Mr Smedley said.
AFL footy would be the Statewide focus of Tasmanians of all ages during the week July 4-10, with consecutive AFL games played at York Park.
The two July games would be a special occasion for Auskick with more than 400 participants from all around the State taking part in curtain-raiser games as well as AFL half- time displays.
The Auskick season will be the first opportunity for AFL Tasmania’s new development trainees to become involved in football programmes.
Nathan Grima (South Launceston and Tassie Devils), Leigh Harding (South Launceston and Tassie Mariner), Jarrod Garth (Clarence and Tassie Mariners), Ryan Keely (Ulverstone senior player and Tassie Mariner) and Zane Littlejohn (Latrobe and Tassie Mariners) were looking forward to the opportunity of providing Auskick to young Tasmanian boys and girls.
AFL Auskick begins with registration days at local centres during late March. Children can also register at any time during the 12-week season that starts on April 4.
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