Auskick Coordinators of the Year

Emu Plains/Glenmore Park JAFC’s Kylie Rix and Steve Gardiner have been named NSW/ACT 2016 NAB AFL Auskick Coordinators of the Year.

The Emu Plains/Glenmore Park Lions produced 74% growth in Auskick numbers for 2016, a great a reflection of Kylie and Steve’s dedication to the Auskick program.

Increasing the number of Auskickers at Dukes Oval from 42 in 2015 to 73 in 2016, Kylie and Steve also led the Auskick Centre from Sydney’s Greater West to a 71% retention rate this year.

Innovative in their approach to bringing kids to the Auskick program, Kylie and Steve ran themed rounds such as ‘Super Hero Week’ to encourage continued participation at their club.

This year the Lions have placed great focus on parent involvement with over 45 of their parents completing a certified Coaching Course for 2016. This has helped create a wonderful family friendly environment at the growing centre.

NSW/ACT Auskick Manager, Maddi Blomberg says Kylie and Steve’s results speak for themselves.

“Kylie and Steve are great advocates for Auskick in Greater Western Sydney,” said Blomberg.

“They have done an exceptional job in driving a quality environment at Emu Plains/Glenmore Park Auskick.

“Out of roughly 230 Auskick Coordinators in NSW/ACT, it is an outstanding achievement to be recognised with this award.”

For their efforts, Kylie and Steve will receive an AFL Finals experience including tickets to the Hawthorn vs. Geelong Qualifying Final in Melbourne, which includes attending an official AFL Finals function and a tour of AFL House, with all flights and accommodation taken care of.

Runners up for this prize were Carmelo D’Aquino of Griffith Auskick and Jodi Evans of Shoalhaven Auskick.

“The enthusiasm and passion of our Auskick Coordintors has been outstanding.”

AFL NSW/ACT would like to thank each Auskick Coordinator and volunteer for their time and effort in running Auskick programs across 2016 – an essential part of growing our game in New South Wales and the ACT.