Northcote Cougars Auskick Program
Footy for Boys and Girls aged 5-10 Years
The Northcote Cougars holds Auskick clinics for a range of age groups (5 – 10 year olds). In 2017 over 250 Auskickers participated in the Northcote Cougars Auskick Program.
Our groups include an “Academy” Group which is for basic beginnners generally in Kinder or Prep, a “Reserves” Group which is for those building confidence and begining game play (Generally Grade one and two) and a “Seniors” Group which is for those who have the mastered the basic skills and are begining to focus on stringing them togeather in game like situations (Generally confident grade two and up). We also have a dedicated Girls Academy group for girls who want to learn the game with other girls.
Our program is aimed at having fun while learning the basics of the game in a safe environment. We hope that everyone who leaves the program has a love for the game, can kick and handpass to their mates, and have a basic appreciation of game play. We mostly run drills and fun skills based actives, but as the season progresses we also play some modified rules games.
We believe strongly in participation for all regardless of skills, gender or backgrounds (and that goes for the parents as well!!). Our volunteer coaches are generally mums and dads who have all gone through the basic coaching program, and we support them to ensure that they can support everyone who comes along to have a go.
In 2018 we aim to again increase the number of Girls participating so that there are plenty of young girls coming through to the ever-growing junior girls football teams including the AFL in the future. To support greater Girls participation, as well as the mixed groups, Northcote/Thornbury Auskisk also as runs a GIRLS ONLY clinic each week (for those girls who prefer this). Girls are still welcome to train in the mixed-class groups if they prefer.
In 2017 we had about 20 Girls each week Training in the Girls group. During the year as players skills developed some choose to join the other more advanced groups and some even went on to traing and play with the Cougars underaged Girls teams who play on a sunday. So any girls who want to start their footy career head come down and have a go in a safe non-competative environment and if you like it we will find a spot which best suits your skills and ambitions.
Pathway to Junior Football
While its not everyone’s dream to play junior footy (and there is nothing wrong with just having a kick in the park) for those who are interested making it all the way to the AFL, the Northcote Auskick Centre is a part of the Northcote Junior Football Club program which provides a great pathway to Junior and Senior Footy.
Being a part of the Northcote Cougars provides a great opportunity for older Auskickers to see what junior footy is all about, and easily transition if that’s your thing.
So come along to Auskick for a few years to learn the basics then head on to Junior Football with the Cougars. Junior Football starts with under nines which is generally after you have spent at two or three years in the Auskick program. For more info about the Cougars to their web site at http://njfc.com.au/
Of coarse if you don’t want to advance to Junior Footy but still enjoy learning the skills at Auskick you are more than welcome to keep coming to Auskick for as long as you like.
How you can help
As with all Auskick centres Northcote Cougars Auskick is run by parent volunteers and generally the participation of parents is fantastic. Every year however, as their children move on, so do the parents that make Northcote Cougars Auskick such a great experience for the kids. So we always need more help to keep the centre going.
Whether you are a first time participant or returning from last year we always need more help with coordinating events, setting up, coaching, assistants, running the canteen or packing up. As well as registering your children for the clinic be sure to also let us know (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) how you can think you can help so we can get you involved. Leaving it to the first day is hard to coordinate, so drop us a short email ahead of time and we will be in touch.
Registration for 2018 opens in February 2018.
All participants must register and pay online at http://aflauskick.com.au/
The registration cost of $100 gives access the 15 clinics plus a pack full of goodies (including a football). The packs are new and improved for 2018 and are themed around each individual auskickers team that they support. Registered Auskickers and their families also get four free tickets (two adult and two children) to a selected AFL match.
Note: All bags and goodies are posted directly to the Registered Address
2018 Clinic Details
Start date: Saturday 21st April End date: Saturday 19th August (Presentation Day)
Clinic times: 9.00am to 10.30am
1 Saturday 21nd April
2 Saturday 28th April
3 Saturday 5th May
4 Saturday 12th May
5 Saturday 19th May
6 Saturday 26th May
7 Saturday 2rd June
No Clinic 9th June: Queens Birthday
8 Saturday 16th June
9 Saturday 23th June
10 Saturday 30th June
No Clinic 7th & 14th July: School Holidays
11 Saturday 21st July
12 Saturday 28th July
13 Saturday 4th August
14 Saturday 11th August
15 Saturday 18th August (final Clinic + Presentation Day)