Until the 1960’s, Australian Football reigned supreme as the dominant winter sport for boys. During the 1960’s however, other sports and activities such as soccer and basketball began to increase in popularity, prompting the Victorian Government to form the Junior Football Council of Victoria (JFC), in order to promote junior football development on behalf of the larger, parent bodies such as the VFL.
In 1976, the JFC implemented an introductory program designed specifically to attract young boys and girls to Australian Football. This revolutionary program was based in primary schools, yet was conducted by parents of the school on weekends.
The program was an immediate success, attracting more than 5,000 children and 1000 parents in its first year alone. This number grew to 23,000 participating children by the mid 80s, expanding to include rural and country Victoria.
In 1989 the JFC’s program was incorporated into the VFL administration, where it was renamed ‘The Primary School Scheme. This name was later changed to the more memorable ‘Vickick’. The beginnings of a national program commenced in 1986, with Victorian teaching syllabuses being adopted by interstate schools. The programs name was eventually changed to ‘Auskick’ to reflect the Australia-wide nature of the program.
One of the most important attractions of Auskick clinics is the chance to participate in Little League games at half-time during AFL matches. First introduced in the1980s, the number of participating Auskicker’s has grown to over 5000 per year.