Q1. Australian Football looks rough. Is Auskick safe for children to play?
Answer: Some people believe football is rough because they only watch AFL football. That’s like saying you won’t buy your child a toy pedal car because so many people are injured in road accidents. AFL footy is professional, Auskick is recreational. Independent research shows that Auskick is virtually injury free.
Q2. My child is not very good. Is there any point in joining?
Answer: Children of all ability levels are provided with opportunities to learn and have fun. Early participation in sport and physical activity develops motor skills very important as a foundation for lifetime participation in sport and recreation. If the foundation is not there, children usually avoid sport altogether and so miss its lifetime health benefits. It is especially imperative then that children who “are not very good” participate.
Q3. What about 5 year olds, is it suitable?
Answer: Refer to the previous answer. Children commence their motor skill and coordination development from the day they are born. They do this mainly through the avenue of physical “play games”. These are sorts of constant practice sessions for them. Their learning rate at this stage is faster than at any other stage of life. Early Auskick concentrates on providing opportunities for further practical practice with developmental age graded “play games’ and “play activities’. This lays a solid foundation for future participation and physical health and wellbeing. In fact, they are often called foundation skills.
Q4. Is it suitable for girls?
Answer: Things have changed in recent years and now many girls participate in Auskick. A motor skill development program like Auskick is perhaps more important for girls than boys. Research indicates that girls stay away from playing sport more than boys and by the secondary school level, often lack the required foundation skills to join in any sport or physical activity. For girls who like competitive football, there are competitions available through all age levels after about age 10, and recreational footy for the others.
Q5. I was never much good at sport myself. Can I participate?
Answer: It is very important that all parents participate no matter how busy they are and regardless as to whether they are good at sport or not. Auskick is regarded by many parents as an important priority family time with their children. They just mark it into their diaries. Research indicates that children are more successful at learning, enjoy activities much more and are more likely to persist when their parents are involved. Many parents join the activities with their kids and learn with them. It’s good to have things in common in a family.
Q6. What do parents do?
Answer: Auskick is completely conducted by parents. Activities include coaching, supervising and administrating to mothers’ club type activities. Full education and resource support is provided. Our research indicates that our parents consider Auskick to be special and that it belongs to them as much as it does to their kids. They consider it to be a type of community where help is always available and life long friendships have been made.
Q7. I worry about my child entering competitive sports too early. Is Auskick competitive?
Answer: For the first few years, matches are played for just two reasons and winning is not one of them. Kids unanimously report that what they like best about Auskick are the games of footy. They can enjoy a “friendly game” with and against their friends. The second reason is to learn the basics of teamwork, cooperation in a group, and respect for team mates and opponents. Competitive footy is something that they graduate to later on if they want to.
Q8. Do I have to attend every week?
Answer: Many parents and their children do because it is so enjoyable but it is not compulsory. There are no match schedules with teams in competition so nobody is let down by non appearance.
Q9. What are the major benefits of participation in Auskick?
Answer: A major benefit constantly reported is that it is fun and a chance to be with friends in a safe and controlled environment. Parents constantly make the same comment that they find it fun as well and a chance to be with friends.
But there are many other benefits as indicated by our surveys and these are summarised below:
Being with friends
The desire of parents to help their children make new friends and to get along with them is the core benefit
Exercise for a balanced lifestyle
There are many passive activities available to children these days. Auskick is physically active and provides an important physically healthy balance
Developmental advantages of group and community settings
Parents see Auskick as an opportunity for their kids to fit into such social settings and learn to be part of a group. They see Auskick as being about belonging and connection
A happy safe and supportive environment
This is always of particular concern to parents and especially mothers, and Auskick over many years has a proven record in this area. The Auskick philosophy of “fun, fairness and giving everybody a go regardless of size or skill level” in a safely managed environment is very popular
Contact with peers and older people
Auskick represents a valuable opportunity for adults and children, both male and female, to come together and engage in a community setting. Aspects of this are children bonding with their parents and with other children and parents, children from single parent families bonding with other male or female role models, bonding between children of same age and a little older, and very supportive bonding between parents
Friendly and understanding male and female coaches
Relationships in a friendly learning and personal development environment between the kids and their coaches are a highlight. Parent coaches are provided with coaching education and resources
Auskick and the community
People get together to do things that are important or enjoyable to them. As Western Australia’s most popular sport, Australian Football has the unique capacity to bring people from all walks of life together at Auskick Centres to participate in an enjoyable, safe, healthy, welcoming and inclusive environment, with the aim of bringing the best that sport has to offer to as many young families as possible. Involvement in Auskick provides an avenue for children and their families to build strong relationships and connect to a wider community that leads to developing a sense of belonging. In this way, Auskick maintains the engagement of young people and their families within local communities
Auskick is special
“I think this place is pretty special” is just one of hundreds of positive remarks by parents to be found in our surveys
Q10. How old does my child need to be to join?
Answer: Children turning Five years of age between Jan 1 and June 30 in the year they turn five are eligible for the NAB AFL Auskick program.
Q11. How do I find my local NAB AFL Auskick Centre?
Answer: Go to the NAB AFL Auskick Website, www.aflauskick.com.au and click on the NAB AFL Auskick Centre Locator. Alternatively you can call the NAB AFL Auskick call centre on 1300 723 833.
Q12. Who should I call about details of my NAB AFL Auskick Centre Activities?
Answer: Your NAB AFL Auskick Coordinator whose details are listed on the NAB AFL Auskick Centre Locator.
Q13. How much does the NAB AFL Auskick Program cost to join in Western Australia
Answer: Prices may vary from centre to centre. However the Auskick program’s average registration costs are between $70 to $100. For more information contact your local centre coordinator.