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Auskickers growing

Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Railwaytown Public School students had a lot of fun during their Auskick school program. PICTURE: Myles Burt Railwaytown Public School students had a lot of fun during their Auskick school program. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Railwaytown Public School students spent a day in the sun during their fourth and last Auskick training session of Term 4. 

An Auskick session has been held every Friday for the last four weeks, and AFL Broken Hill Development officer Mitchel Reberger said the program aimed to encourage the youngsters to play footy when they grow up.

“Obviously we have a drop off when we get to those teenage years, but hopefully we can instil that into the younger kids and hopefully they’ll stay involved in some kind of sport,” Mr Reberger said.

Students went through an array of activities focusing on agility, handballing and kicking with the help of inflatable training equipment provided by the partnership between AFL and EISS Super. 

Mr Reberger said the inflatable training gear was a big hit with the kids, bringing more life and excitement to the exercises.

“We’ve got them out the last two weeks and hopefully we can roll them out for the school programs for next year,” he said.

This year Auskick numbers grew to 326 registered players in Broken Hill, the most since the concept started over a decade ago. 

AFL Broken Hill chairman Andrew Schmidt said the inflatable equipment sponsored by EISS Super for Junior Football was a significant investment in growing AFL in Broken Hill.

“The appointment this year of Mitch Reberger to the junior co-ordinator role with the assistance of Linden Cox on Auskick nights means we have a team we can build on to take the game forward,” Mr Schmidt said.

He said the appointment of Mr Reberger and Mr Cox came from a three-way sponsorship agreement between the Demo Club, AFL NSW and AFL Broken Hill.

“We recognise the need to drive our sport with young people and we are very grateful to the Demo and AFL NSW for backing the concept.

“There is a lot of work to do in building numbers in the Under 13 and Under 18 age group where we seem to lose players to other pursuits, but we are determined to win them back to the game.”

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