The Australian Football League's (AFL) Sporting Schools program is designed to introduce children to the game of AFL through fun, engaging and challenging games and activities, tailored to age groups and skill levels.
The AFL is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for Australian Rules football, we offer schools and coaches quality programs that encourage children to participate in this great sport.
“I think any sport is important for kids to get active and learn new skills and make new friends and those sorts of things and live a healthy lifestyle. Footy certainly gives you that opportunity. We’ve got a great climate to get outside and to play and to keep active. It’s really important for young kids and for big kids too.” Matthew Boyd, Western Bulldogs.
The AFL Products
The AFL has three Sporting Schools programs:
Learn AFL is targeted at students with limited to no knowledge of AFL. The curriculum is linked to specific educational outcomes achieved through practicing the core skills of the game and learning about the AFL and its clubs.
Experience AFL is targeted at students that already have some understanding of AFL. The curriculum expands on the student’s previous exposure to the game via specific lesson plans and experiencing Australian football through modified match play.
AFL 9s is a versatile program that is ideal for students to further develop their motor and coordination skills while participating in a team sport. All lessons will involve a warm up, skill development and an AFL 9s game. This program is only available in NSW and ACT and is only offered to Year 7 and 8 students.
Teachers and coaches are our assets
The AFL values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how coaches, teachers and sporting organisations can deliver the AFL program within Sporting Schools.
Contact: Jonathan Bence
Contact: Nicole Hyland
Contact: Nick Harnas
Contact: Sean Fernance
Contact: Linsey Da Costa
Contact: Louise Stephenson
Contact: David Lindsay
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