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Kids keen for a kick

Wednesday, 17th April, 2013

Junior football and Auskick are back this weekend. Junior football and Auskick are back this weekend.

Auskick starts this Friday and organisers are looking to make it as successful as last year.

Following on from the success of Friday Auskick last year, AFL BH Board Rep for Auskick Dayna Whitelaw, is hoping for another successful year.

"We should be in for another successful year with about 190 children already registered," Mrs Whitelaw said.

"Parents can also register this Friday night with Auskick packs available for $75.

"New Auskick co ordinator Brent Fennessy is unavailable this week but we will have plenty of helpers available."

The West Football Club will run the barbecue and drinks booth.

The carnival type atmosphere created last year will continue, Mrs Whitelaw said.

AFL BH has continued to make Auskick a free event to encourage parents, grandparents, friends and club volunteers to attend and help or watch.

Junior football also commences this week with North and West at the Jubilee Oval and Central and South at the Alma.

Under 13's start at 8.30am and Under 15's at 10am. Women's football follows at 11.25am. The season draw for all three grades can be viewed or printed from www.aflbrokenhill.com.au under fixtures.

Mrs Whitelaw said clubs are having concerns with a lack of players in some age divisions, so the Competition Management Committee and the Board will develop strategies to counter this trend.

She said reduced team numbers from a current minimum of 14 to 12 has happened in other regional centres and there are the ability to reduce field sizes if need be.

Smaller team sizes can be a very positive innovation as it allows for all players to see more action and ultimately enjoy their football more.

Australian Football Match Policy also encourages teams to balance up the number of players to ensure maximum participation and avoid lopsided contests which children do not enjoy. "AFL research clearly points to children 15 and below listing having fun as far more important that winning and it's something all local Clubs have embraced at a meeting held on Monday night," Mrs Whitelaw said.

"Junior footy commencing in school holidays will have an impact but I would encourage all our players and parents to attend this Saturday and match day officials will be flexible to ensure we have a fun morning of football.

All Clubs have Facebook sites and use this social media tool to communicate with players and families so any players or parents wanting Club information should search their Club page, or if they need help call on 0409 711 091.

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