Auskick kicks off in Warrnambool and south-west Victoria

The south-west's footy-mad kids are keen for Auskick to start up again this week. Picture: Amy Paton
The south-west's footy-mad kids are keen for Auskick to start up again this week. Picture: Amy Paton

TOP-END talent yet to be unearthed will take the first steps towards a successful football career through a host of south-west Auskick programs kicking off this week.

Clubs across the Hampden and Warrnambool and District Football Netball leagues will launch programs this week in a bid to nurture the next batch of young talent.

AFL Western District football development manager Alan Thompson said the programs catered for different skill levels and provided specialist coaching on the basic skills of the game.

“The children work at their own skill level and won’t be pressured into working above that,” Thompson said.

“They’ll be put into smaller groups, and coached on kicking, handballing and marking.

“With that sort of environment it’s the perfect way for families to become involved with the clubs.”

He said there was likely to be chances for Auskick participants to play during half-time of AFL games.

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