Every Sunday morning during footy season at Roos HQ, you'll find dozens of boys and girls taking their first steps in learning the basic skills of our great game. Handpassing and enjoying kick-to-kick with parents and grandparents is followed by a mock-up game - and obligatory sausage sizzle at the end of the session.
The AFL Auskick program 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.
The program also provides a great opportunity for parents to interact with their kids through the activities, have the opportunity to make new friends, learn about the game and spend quality time with their children.
The ROOS Auskick program, held on Sunday mornings in winter months, is designed for 5-8-year-old boys and girls.
In WA, children must be 5 by 1 July to participate in Auskick.
The program requires parent participation in teaching children the basic skills of handballing and kicking.
It also relies on volunteers to set up activity areas and pack away equipment.
The club's volunteer Auskick Co-ordinator oversees this and ensures there are also volunteers to assist in the canteen.
Auskick precedes the Modifieds (Mods) competition and therefore there is no tackling, bumping or smothering.
In Auskick (and Mods and Youths) the emphasis is on fun, safety, fair play and inclusion.
Players do not wear a Roos uniform. Rather, they are encouraged to show their AFL colours. Introductory games are relaxed and non-competitive. Everyone is encouraged and gets a fair go. Sessions usually consist of a warm up, skill activities designed to improve and familiarise participants with the necessary skills of the game and end in a modified game where children can hone their skills in a safe, controlled environment. During the Auskick game players rotate between forward, centre and back positions.
A normal Sunday morning would consist of the following: 10 minutes of welcome and warm-up activity, 40 minutes learning skills and practicing drills, a 30-minute Auskick game and five minutes of awards, finishing with hotdogs, which can be purchased at Roos Chews. We conclude each Auskick session with awards.
Mt Lawley Inglewood Roos Junior Football Club is an AFL Kids First and AFL Quality Certified Club with a focus on fun and enjoyment.
The club accepts KidSport vouchers for payment of fees. All fully paid Auskickers will be sent out a 'Participant Pack' with everything they will need to get started on their AFL season.
When: The season runs May to August on Sunday mornings from 8:30-10:15am
Where: Roos AFL Auskick is played at Hamer Park, near Second Ave.
What to wear: There is no set uniform for Auskick sessions, just ensure your child is comfortable to be able to participate in all activities. We recommend sports clothing and either runners or footy boots. Many participants choose to wear their favourite AFL/WAFL team colours and jumpers.
What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle (clearly labelled) and if your child is bringing their Auskick football please make sure it is has their name on it. Mouthguards are not required for Auskick.
For more information on AFL Auskick please see the AFL Auskick site https://play.afl/auskick 2022