The NAB AFL Auskick program makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls, aged 5 -12. Through weekly coaching sessions they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment. The NAB AFL Auskick program has centres that operate all over Victoria.
NAB AFL Auskick prides itself on providing an inclusive and safe environment for everyone to participate, however there are select centres across Victoria who have received additional training in supporting children with disability in an Auskick setting.
Currently there are two kinds of AAA NAB AFL Auskick centres, Disability Specific and Side by Side. Disability Specific centres are designed to cater for children with a specific disability. They have been created through a community need and are designed with the needs of the particular disability in mind.
An example of a Disability Specific centre is the Irabina NAB AFL Auskick centre in Bayswater. Irabina caters for children on the Autism spectrum and has seen children who previously found it difficult to engage in their local centre thrive with the help of specially trained coaches.
Side by Side NAB AFL Auskick centres are the most common type of AAA centre. AAA centres are designed to integrate into an existing NAB AFL Auskick centre by simply adding another group to the existing structure. This group is supported by coaches who have experience working with people with disability.
The key to the Side by Side centres is that the children are free to move from the AAA group into their age group whenever they feel comfortable, should they feel the need to move back into the AAA group they are able to do.
What training do the NAB AFL Auskick coaches have?
AFL Victoria has recognised the unique nature of AAA NAB AFL Auskick and as such provides disability awareness training to all staff involved in supporting the AAA NAB AFL Auskick centre.
Staff involved are there to not only support the children but also to upskill the parents in the hope that one-day parents would also like to support the NAB AFL Auskick centre.
Where are AAA NAB AFL Auskick centres?
The below centres are AAA NAB AFL Auskick centres. To find out more information about the below centres simply CLICK HERE and use the search tool for the centre you would like further details for.
- Ballarat Bulldogs AAA Auskick Centre
- Caulfield Bears AAA Auskick Centre
- Chadstone AAA Auskick Centre
- Chelsea AAA Auskick Centre
- Clifton Hill AAA Auskick Centre
- Colac AAA Auskick Centre
- Echuca Rockets AAA Auskick Centre
- Fitzroy/Carlton AAA Auskick Centre
- Irabina Auskick Centre (Autism Specific)
- Keilor AAA Auskick Centre
- Lynbrook AAA Auskick Centre
- Lyndhurst AAA Auskick Centre
- Narre North AAA Auskick Centre
- Nelson Park AAA Auskick Centre
- Parkdale AAA Auskick Centre
- Ringwood AAA Auskick Centre
- Roxburgh Rise AAA Auskick Centre
- Rupertswood AAA Auskick Centre
- Somerville AAA Auskick Centre
- South Melbourne District (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specific)
- SCOPE Balloon Football Auskick Centre (Severe and Multi-disability Specific)
- West Coburg AAA Auskick centre
- Wyndham Suns AAA Auskick Centre
Want to be recognised as an AAA NAB AFL Auskick centre?
The AFL has produced a great resource to support centres become more inclusive of children wanting to take part in NAB AFL Auskick. If you’d like more information about becoming an AAA NAB AFL Auskick centre, contact your AFL Victoria or CLICK HERE for more information.
For more information please contact Scott Nicholas, FIDA Football & AAA Programs Manager at AFL Victoria on firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 8341 6023.