AusKick Report – Round 2

Well done on another great day of skills and games – the improvement in the children from last week to this week is very impressive!
For those who are still finding it difficult, there is no need to be concerned – AFL is a complex game and will make sense over the coming weeks.  Just get your child dropping a ball on their foot to work on hand-eye coordination over the coming weeks and that will help.
Enjoy this weeks round of photos – different shots across Auskick and Juniors will be uploaded during the week to our Facebook page.
I have done a roster for the BBQ so those whom have been allocated I will start circulating dates so you can get it in your calendar.  Thanks to those volunteers from today the extra hands were greatly appreciated!
Finally a reminder that you all have next week off and we’ll be back in action on 29th April – I have attached the calendar for everyone as a reminder.
Have a great break, enjoy the school holidays and keep practicing!!

Football pathways

The pathway for children in the AFL can be confusing. With new initiatives such as the AFL After-Schools Program, the PSSA,  and the Paul Kelly Cup joining more established programs such as Auskick and AFL Sydney Junior competition, its hard to know where your child should be placed to benefit the most from AFL.

So in the name of simplicity, we’ve tried to summarise it all for our members.

AUSKICK

Auskick is the premier AFL program for children new to the sport. It makes learning to play AFL fun, safe and easy for boys and girls. Through weekly coaching sessions they will learn the skills of the game in an exciting, social and safe environment.

Children will learn the fundamental motor skills vital for future physical activity and sport participation as well as learning how to interact with other children as part of a team in small group activities.

Within the Auskick program, we have two main streams.

Auskick 5-8 years

This involes SUnday morning sessions for approximately one hour. It consists of drills that teach the fundamentals of the game in a safe and fun environment. It also involves some internal grid games, using modified rules and no tackling.

Auskick U8’s Non Competitive Games

Around week four of the season, the children aged 8 are invited to participate in the Auskick U8 competition. This is a step up from the internal grid games, with boys and girls playing against other Auskick programs around Sydney.

Its always played on Sunday morning, and has no competition tables or divisionalised or graded team. Its played on a reduced field size separated into zones to avoid congestion and spread opportunity. The rules are modified including no tackling.

To register for Auskick, including the U8 competition, please click here.

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

There are a host of programs tailored to primary school students across the nation. These aim to introduce the game to new children.

These include:

  • Learn AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with limited to no knowledge of AFL. The curriculum linked program to specific educational outcomes achieved through practicing the core skills of the game and learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Experience AFL Auskick – a development program targeted at students with some understanding of AFL. The curriculum linked program expands on this knowledge via specific skill sessions and modified match play whilst learning about the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
  • Sporting Schools Program – the AFL Sporting Schools Program has been developed to facilitate the delivery of AFL in schools. The program provides schools the opportunity to access Australian Sports Commission funding to assist with the delivery of the program.
  • After School Auskick Centre – after school clinics based on participant abilities, run on school grounds, after school by qualified AFL staff.
  • Multicultural/ Indigenous Programs

Please contact your school based AFL representative for more information.

JUNIORS

This involves children aged 9 and above, although in certain circumstances we can have children aged 7 or 8 play in this competition.

Junior Football is the next step for kids who are ready to move on from NAB AFL Auskick or other introductory school and/or community programs. It’s the perfect environment for kids to have fun learning through play, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Rules of matches are modified so children can continue to develop their skills in an enjoyable, safe atmosphere.

At Lane Cove Cats, we have two main programs; mixed juniors and girls. The mixed juniors involves boy ands girls playing in age groups from under 9 up to under 12.

The youth girls program is relatively new. In fact, this year is the first year for the under 10 age group, while the under 12 age groups is in its second year.

These competitions are female specific competitions aimed at introducing new players to AFL and continuing the pathway for females aged 13 to 18 years.

Many girls prefer to play Australian Football in single gender environments, and where possible we recommend girls over age 10 do so. However, should your daughter prefer to play in mixed-gender team or competition they are permitted to do so until age 14.

To register your child in juniors, please click here.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Tailor made for players of all abilities and aspirations, Youth Football caters to teenage boys and girls aged from 13 to 18. An ideal progression from either NAB AFL Auskick or Junior Football, Youth Football provides children with the opportunity to play in a graded competition within a club environment.

Fun, fast and often skilful, Youth Football is a chance for children to play football with their friends and establish new friendships, with a distinct focus on team building.

At Lane Cove Cats, our youth football program is provided through a joint venture with our neighbouring club, the North Ryde Dockers.

In most sports across Australia, you get a natural decline in participation as children enter high school. This is when study, social activities and part-time work pressures are increasing. Participation drop-out then accelerates through the teenage years. In Sydney we are also facing diminishing available green space and an explosion in Auskick and junior clubs on the North Shore.

Under this strategy, we will have a much better chance of providing a club environment that caters to all age groups and skill sets the school years.

This structure is a common set up across the North Shore and the wider Sydney basin. Willoughby Wildcats have a joint venture with Mosman Swans from the U13 age groups and higher. Drummoyne Power and Concord Giants have also formed the Canada Bays Cannons for U12-U17 age groups.

To register your child in youth football, please click here.

PLAYER PATHWAY

Below is a diagram outlining the structure of the club and the pathway for children from Auskick to senior football. We hope this provides some clarity for parents.

 

Auskick just around the corner

Its less then 3 weeks until the 2018 season of Auskick gets underway! Below are some of the main details for the season ahead.

Round 1 – Sunday 8th April (screen shot of season calendar attached)
Time – 7:45am (kick to kick) for 8am start, until 9am
Location – Blackman Park (Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West)
Uniforms – you will be allocated a Jumper, Shorts and Socks on Round 1. The socks will be yours to keep however the Jumper and Shorts will need to be returned at the end of the season.
Shoes/Boots – Either sports shoes or football boots are fine, it is your choice what you want your child to play in.

For those who are new to the club there is no training during the week for Auskickers.  All skills training is done on Sunday mornings, followed by a game in groups of children the same age.

Over the coming weeks, try to kick a ball (doesn’t have to be a footy, any ball is fine) with your child to start working on the hand-eye coordination, it will help them start the season if this is their first year.  We are a family friendly club so parents can cheer from the sidelines as well as help during the drills – some children need some support from their parents while they are learning the game.

We have over 100 children registered so far and are closing in on what was a record number of Auskickers last year.  For anyone who is still to register I have placed the link below.  Feel free to forward the registration link onto any of your child’s friends who you think would like to join.

https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=73825&nfEntityTypeID=5&nfEntityID=8616&aID=8616

Auskick Packs will be distributed from now for those who have paid their registrations fees – please don’t worry if it doesn’t arrive before Round 1 as the AFL need to issue about 50,000 of them around Australia so they can take a little while.  There is nothing in there required for the season, it is just merchandise for your child’s enjoyment.

Another reminder prior to Round 1 will be sent out with some more details, however if you have any queries prior please contact Peter Beck (auskick@lanecovecats.com).

Looking for volunteers

The Lane Cove Cats is a club run by volunteers. It is run by parents, so their kids can play football. To help our planning for season 2018, we need you to consider now, what you can do. (We do understand that circumstances can change over the off season, so we won’t write anything in stone but there will be an expectation that all families will commit some volunteer hours to the Club.)

 

General Volunteers

We’re currently looking for volunteers for a number of key club roles, including:

  • Events Coordinator/Events Committee. Next year, we’ll be allocating an event to an age group (for example, U10s will be organising one event; U11s will be organising another and so on). We need someone to act in a supervisory role across all events (so just coordinating other volunteers). And we’ll be calling for volunteers from age groups for the allocated events.
  • BBQ/Canteen Coordinator. The commitment is for home game rounds only.

If you are keen, or know someone who is, please get them in touch with us.

 

NAB Auskick Initiatives

Each year NAB support local NAB AFL Auskick centres with fundraising opportunities to purchase new equipment and recognition items for their local centre.

This year, the AFL have teamed up with Nexus Partners to provide a national referral program to support local clubs.

In essence, Lane Cove Cats will receive a financial contribution for every home, personal or business loan taken out by parents referred through the us.

This is a great fundraising tool for junior clubs like us. The money will go towards purchasing of new equipment and facility upgrades.

So if you’re an Auskick parent in the market for a loan, read the steps below and simply complete the online loan enquiry form.

The step by step process:

  • Complete the online loan enquiry form.
  • Nexus Partners, a third party referral agent, collect the form and where appropriate, pass those details and loan requirements onto a banker.
  • A banker will contact you within five business days to discuss your requirements.
  • If the loan is suitable and approved, Nexus Partners will receive a commission from NAB and pay the NAB AFL Auskick centre a financial contribution, which is a percentage of your loan’s value.

Online Loan Enquiry Form

Register for 2018 to win in 12 Days of Christmas

To celebrate registrations for 2018 being open in the lead up to the festive season, AFL NSW/ACT is opening its advent-calendar of giveaways to reward our junior and NAB AFL Auskick club participants.

From Friday, December 1, 2017 there will be a number of prizes to WIN such as  admission into 30 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney family passes, 10 x Rebel Sport vouchers, a signed Sydney Swans guernsey, a GIANTS match day experience, and much more!

Simply register as a club participant in New South Wales or the ACT and you will go in the draw to WIN!

Follow AFL NSW/ACT and/or NAB AFL AUSKICK – NSW/ACT on Facebook to see which daily prizes are being offered. The prizes up for grabs include the following:

  • DAY 1:  Win one of 10 x $100 Rebel Vouchers (1 December)
  • DAY 2:  Win one of 4 x Sydney Swans ISC Backpacks (2 December)
  • DAY 3:  Win one of 3 x Stevie J’s new book  ‘The Cat with the Giant Story’ (3 December)
  • DAY 4: Win one of 10 x Shopkins Shoppies Doll + 12 pack Shopkins (4 December)
  • DAY 5: Win one of 20 x Burley AFL skills footballs (5 December)
  • DAY 6: Win one of 10 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney one-day general admission family passes (6 December)
  • DAY 7: Win one of 5 x ‘Play Like A Girl’ four book boxsets (7 December)
  • DAY 8: Win one of 2 x Adam Goodes Memorabilia Frames (8 December)
  • DAY 9:  Win one of 2 x 2017 signed Sydney Swans guernseys (9 December)
  • DAY 10: Win one of 20 x Burley AFL skills football (10 December)
  • DAY 11: Win one of 20 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney one-day general admission family passes (11 December)
  • DAY 12: Win a GIANTS match day experience and GIANTS merchandise pack (12 December)

MAJOR PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Finalpackage including flights, accommodation and 2 x tickets to the big dance!

To register visit Play.AFL or on the Auskick website.

All 2018 registered AFL NSW/ACT junior club and NAB AFL Auskick club participants are automatically included in the draw and new members who renew on the day are included on the days, and every day after that.

*Terms and Conditions – 12 Days of Christmas

Register before Christmas to take advantage of bonus offers

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2018 season.

Aside from our early bird offers for both Auskick and Junior registrations, the NSW government is offering a $100 voucher to children who enrol in sporting competition. If you wish to take advantage of this as well, please select this option in the registration process and skip the payment option at the end. For further details, please read these details on our website.

Juniors

For children 8+ years old
Cost: $230 per child
Each player will receive a jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2018 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12 & U15 age groups.

Click here to register for 2018.

All junior registrations before 12 December will receive a free training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your top and add the coupon code “2018bonus” at checkout.

Note: If you have already paid your registration fee via our early-bird offer on our website, you still need to complete the registration by entering you child’s personal details into the AFL registration database. However, please make sure you skip the payment section at the end.

Auskick

5-8 years old
Cost: $180 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

For Auskick, we return to the synthetic oval for all our games in 2018. Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register Now for 2018!

Special offer! Until 22 December we will hold prices at 2017 levels ($170).

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season) and socks.

Official 2018 registrations now open!

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2018 season.

Aside from our early bird offers for both Auskick and Junior registrations, the NSW government is offering a $100 voucher to children who enrol in sporting competition. If you wish to take advantage of this as well, please select this option in the registration process and skip the payment option at the end. For further details, please read these details on our website.

Juniors

For children 8+ years old
Cost: $230 per child
Each player will receive a jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2018 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12 & U15 age groups.

Click here to register for 2018.

All junior registrations before 22 December will receive a free training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your top and add the coupon code “2018bonus” at checkout.

Note: If you have already paid your registration fee via our early-bird offer on our website, you still need to complete the registration by entering you child’s personal details into the AFL registration database. However, please make sure you skip the payment section at the end.

Auskick

5-8 years old
Cost: $180 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

For Auskick, we return to the synthetic oval for all our games in 2018. Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register Now for 2018!

Special offer! Until 22 December we will hold prices at 2017 levels ($170).

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season) and socks.

Receive $100 toward 2018 registration with the Active Kids Voucher Program

The NSW government has allocated $207 million over four years to establish the Active Kids Rebate program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and fitness activities.

What is the Active Kids Voucher Program?
From 31 January 2018, parents will be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity, that runs for a duration of eight (8) weeks or more.

The voucher can be redeemed towards payment of memberships or fees with an approved provider registered with the Active Kids Voucher program, each calendar year.

Who is eligible for a voucher?
Every child enrolled in school from Kindergarten to year 12 will be eligible for the Active Kids Voucher.

How do participants access the voucher?
From January 31, 2018, a parent or guardian can apply online at the Service NSW Website.
Once the required information is completed an alpha-numeric voucher code will be provided that can then be used during the Footyweb registration process. The voucher can only be redeemed for one sport per calendar year.

When can families start downloading and using their vouchers?
From January 31, 2018, families will be able to apply for their voucher(s) online from the MyServiceNSW portal. Vouchers are valid for redemption during the current calendar year and will expire at the end of the calendar year. Vouchers cannot be used retrospectively.