All go for Auskick this week despite football ground flood

THE annual Auskick program will kick off in New Norfolk later this week, with a new venue to be announced following last week’s extensive flooding of the New Norfolk Junior Football Club’s home ground at Tynwald Park.

The NNJFC will once again run the Auskick program, which is designed to allow children aged 5–12 to develop the basic skills and fundamentals to play AFL football. The program is intended to be run in a fun, friendly and entertaining way and will begin at New Norfolk this Thursday, May 12, at 3.30pm and run weekly for 10 sessions.

There will be a short break during the school holidays after Term 2, before recommencing to finish the program off. The program costs $100 which includes an Auskick pack from the NAB AFL Auskick program itself, all session fees, and a medallion presentation afternoon at the end of the season. In the past, the NNJFC Auskick participants have also been invited to play a half-time game at Bellerive Oval during a North Melbourne game.

A traditional Auskick training session will consist of about a one-hour session and involve participants separating into three or four activity groups/stations where they spend 10–15 minutes on their allocated activity prior to moving to the next. Some sessions end with a quick Auskick game to finish off (modified AFL game).

All activities are designed to develop hand, eye and foot co-ordination and ball-handling skills which will be carried over into the child’s junior football development. There are limited positions left for this year’s Auskick so participants need to register via one of the following three easy ways:

For any registration inquiries, please email Justin Benson on

Auskick will also be offered at Glenora District High School starting this Sunday, May 15, for children aged 4-12 years. Contact Annie McKenzie on 0407 881 276 or search for Upper Derwent Valley Auskick Centre at

Picture: New Norfolk Auskick co-ordinator Ann Burns with participants Mason Bain, 5, Joshua Jamieson, 7, and Pippa Jamieson, 8.

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