Northcote Cougars Auskick Program
Footy for Boys and Girls aged 5-12 Years
Northcote Auskick program includes clinics for children ranging from 5-12 years old. In 2021 over 200 Auskickers participated in the Northcote Program.
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.
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 affiliated with the Northcote Junior Football Club program which provides a great pathway to Junior Footy.
The Cougars not only assist with our fantastic facilities and support our coaching development. They also give an opportunity to see what junior footy is all about when you get a bit older, 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 with the Cougars starts with Under 9’s 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/
We aim to increase the number of girls participating so that there are plenty 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 Auskisk runs a GIRLS ONLY clinic each week (for those girls who prefer this). Girls are of course still welcome to train in the mixed-class groups if they prefer.
During the year as player’s skills developed some chose to join the other more advanced groups and some can choose to train and playing with the Cougars Junior Girl’s teams who play on a Sunday. So any girls who want to start their footy career come down and have a go in a safe non-competitive environment and if you like it we will find a spot which best suits your skills and ambitions.
How you can help
As with all Auskick, the Northcote 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 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 2022 opened on December 1 2022.
The registration cost of $100 gives access the 12 clinics plus a pack full of goodies (including a football). Note: All bags and goodies are posed directly to the Registered Address
2022 Clinic Details
Start date: Saturday 30th April
End date: Saturday 6th August (Presentation Day)
Clinic times: 9.00am to 10.30am
1 Saturday 30th April
2 Saturday 7th May
3 Saturday 14th May
4 Saturday 21st May
5 Saturday 28th May
6 Saturday 4th June
No Clinic 11th June: Queens Birthday
7 Saturday 18th June
8 Saturday 25th June
No Clinic 2nd & 9th July: School Holidays
9 Saturday 16th July
10 Saturday 23rd July
11 Saturday 30th July
12 Saturday 6th August (final Clinic + Presentation Day)