The AFL’s development team is in Broken Hill this week to promote the game and search for next generation stars.
Staff arrived in the Silver City yesterday to meet with children ahead of the official launch tomorrow.
AFL NSW/ACT Development Lead – Southern NSW, Che Jenkins, said it’s always a fun time.
“It’s always an exciting time of the year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going to the schools for the launch.”
The team will visit all the primary schools today to inform students about Auskick registration and the season launch.
Mr Jenkins is hopeful the season launch will be well supported yet again this year and believes it will assist in the sport’s longevity.
“We are always encouraged by the support we receive – we hope for that again,” he said.
“We know when kids enter and have a good experience, they normally stay on.”
He is eager to see families come out to support children and make the event another special and memorable occasion.
A documentary about Broken Hill’s football history will also be filmed as part of the visit.
Abbey Williams, the Media and Communication Coordinator for AFL NSW/ACT Community, can’t wait to help capture the footage during the trip.
“It’s really important to get out there and showcase what Broken Hill has to offer,” she said.
“There’s a rich history that we haven’t covered…to know why football is so good in Broken Hill, you got to know the history of it.”
The plan is to shoot one-to-one interviews with the Central Football Club senior coach, a senior female player and Colin Casey, who will speak on the history of local football.
“We want to showcase someone’s journey that would connect more with people,” Mrs Williams said.
Once the footage is recorded, it will go to postproduction and involve consultation with the featured talent.
Once complete, it will be posted to the AFL’s social media channels for the public to watch.
“We don’t want to rush and give it the time it deserves,” Mrs Williams said. “We want to make sure everyone involved in it is happy with the final edit.”
She said the development team could return in the future to cover more stories.
Central FC encouraged kids to participate in the game and held a successful ‘come and try’ last Friday with the aim of boosting its junior numbers this year.
Children aged 11 and under are invited to attend the AFL Auskick Season Launch at Picton Oval tomorrow at 4:30pm.
More for information about the program or to register, visit play.afl/auskick.