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The Sunrise team from Channel 7 launch the 2014 NAB AFL Auskick program

The Sunrise team from Channel 7 launch the 2014 NAB AFL Auskick program

NSW and ACT children are being encouraged to take part in NAB AFL Auskick following the launch in March of the 2014 NAB AFL Auskick program on 'Sunrise.'

The 2014 NAB AFL Auskick season was launched live on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program when the Little Big Time took centre stage in Sydney’s Martin Place which was transformed into an Auskick stadium. Sunrise presenters David Koch, Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr and Simon Reeve took part in the Auskick drills, along with local Auskickers and AFL stars Kurt Tippett from the Sydney Swans and Dylan Shiel from Greater Western Sydney Giants.

NAB AFL Auskick provides boys and girls aged between 5 to 12 years-old with a fun and safe Australian Football experience.

The program is not just about introducing children to Australian Football - it activates and develops within each child the desire for a healthy lifestyle and helps with the development of personal and social skills. Last year alone, Auskick attracted over 170, 000 male and female participants across the country.

NAB AFL Auskick is an inclusive program which attracts a large percentage of participants who are Indigenous or from a multicultural background, including Australians who have recently arrived to Australia and is managed by the local community for the community with 20,000 volunteers who dedicate their spare time to the program.

Out & About with Kids' Publisher, Elisa Elwin (centre) at the Sydney Swans v GWS Giants Round 1 Local Derby in Sydney, March 2014

Out & About with Kids' Publisher, Elisa Elwin (centre) at the Sydney Swans v GWS Giants Round 1 Local Derby in Sydney, March 2014

Weekly coaching sessions teach children the skills of the game through modified activities where the emphasis is on fun and having a go. Auskick volunteers provide fundamental instructions and techniques to improve kids' handballing and kicking skills along with a range of other skills important in playing Australian Football.

Each year NAB and the AFL search for the Auskicker who best demonstrates the spirit of the game - dedication, enthusiasm, teamwork and passion, through the Auskicker of the Year program. Twenty-two nominees for the award who are chosen throughout the AFL season receive an AFL Grand Final experience in Melbourne as a reward, including presenting the Premiership team with their medals. Outstanding Auskick volunteers are also recognised through a similar competition, and the reward includes a grand final experience.

Visit the Auskick website to learn more about the program

You can register for the program by visiting aflauskick.com.au

The NAB AFL Auskick program provides boys and girls across Australia with a fun and safe Australian Football experience that serves as an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game.

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