Kicking goals for school Aussie Rules
AUSTRALIAN RULES: The Future Cats AFL program will kick off tonight at the home of the Gympie Cats, Six Mile Oval.
The six-week program is for school students in Years 4-7, with Gympie West, Gympie South, Jones Hill and St Patrick's primary schools all taking part.
"The first week of the program will see all participants split into age groups, going through rotations learning and practicing the skills of AFL, playing a lot of fun games in between," AFL Sunshine Coast regional manager Paul Tresise.
"Week's two to four will consist of modified games which will see a girl's game, as well boys's games with on similar year levels playing against each other."
"The aim of the games is purely to have fun and to let all kids have a kick."
Tresise said the program aims to get children outside, actively enjoying AFL and hopefully developing Gympie Cats club players of the future.
Coordinated by Jarrod Raun from AFL Sunshine Coast with the support of Gympie Cats junior president Brett Hall, funding from the Queensland Governments department of Sport and Recreation has allowed the program to be completely free.
"It's great to have such a beneficial community program like this receive funding," Tresise said.
"Over the past two weeks Jarrod has been running lunch time AFL sessions for school students in Gympie, teaching the skills of AFL football and having a lot of fun along the way," Tresise said.
All participants in the program for the six weeks will receive a show bag, with the grand prize of a Brisbane Lions jumper awarded to the player who has shown the most improvement throughout the program.