Preparing for the first session

  1. Visit the footy ground with your child to help them feel more familiar and at ease during their first session
  2. Grab a football and practise together at home or a local park. No need to teach them anything, just let them hold and play with the ball as much as they’d like
  3. Organise for a friend to go with your child to their first session. A buddy can help players feel at ease
  4. Read the AllPlay Footy Stories with your child to introduce them to Auskick and familiarise them with how sessions typically run
  5. Use the Auskick activities videos to learn more about what they’ll be doing during sessions
  6. Fill out the Supporting your child’s participation at footy form and give it to the coach before their first session, so the coach can get to know your child and plan ways to support their participation
  7. Arrive at the first session a little early to adjust to the surrounds and calm any nerves. Parents could also remind their child that they can feel comfortable letting the coach know if additional assistance is needed at any time during an activity. The coach is there to help!
  8. Contact clubhelp@afl.com.au or (03) 9643 1999 if you would like any support from the AFL