Record Number of Auskick participants out West!

MORE than 180 children from Yagoona Public School have taken part in a four-week, after-school AFL Auskick program. A record number for any NSW/ACT After-SChool Auskick program in 2015!

This article originally appeared in the Canterbury-Bankstown Torch titled ‘Kicking goals for first time’

Principal Meaghan Wilson said she was surprised by the large number of children that chose to take part in the program, but not surprised that the children enjoyed the experience.

“The AFL do a tremendous job and speaking with parents and the children, everybody had a wonderful time learning new skills, playing games and enjoying each other’s company,” she said.

“I know that a lot of students would not have watched, experienced or some even heard of AFL. Providing these sessions is a great way to spread the AFL word.”

Attending was AFL NSW/ACT multicultural program manager, Nickie Flambouras.

“As an organisation we are about creating social cohesion and harmony among our communities,” she said.

“It was wonderful to see so many communities represented and the children enjoying the game.”

AFL NSW/ACT program manager David Hook had a particular focus on Bankstown after the successful relaunch of the Bankstown Sports Junior AFL Club earlier in the year.

“We had an incredible 2015, particularly in Bankstown, with nearly 90 kids playing Auskick and the club fielding teams at under 9s, under 10s and under 12s in the local competition,” he said.

“Obviously there is an enormous, untapped potential in this area and we’re very excited to be able to work with kids from so many different cultures and see how our game resonates so well.”

After-School NAB AFL Auskick programs will commence in Term One across NSW and the ACT.

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