Blackheath Public School has incorporated AFL into our school’s sports program for over ten years and the kids love it! It is such an exciting game to play, with every player being given the opportunity to kick, handball and mark the ball, and because players are rotated through all sections of the field, everyone at some stage gets the chance to kick a goal. The modified rules make it ideal for all-the girls get just as involved as the boys! The kids love being able to try out their skills by competing in the Paul Kelly Cup or by attending Gala Days organized by NSW/ACT AFL.
NSW/ACT AFL are always ready to offer support. They have a wide range of programs that can be readily accessed and provide training courses for teachers and coaching clinics for students. Their Schools Ambassador Program is a great way for teachers to become involved in AFL and provides a valuable link between the schools and NSW/ACT AFL. In return, teachers are provided with a polo shirt, given the opportunity to attend Ambassador functions and are eligible for the award of School’s Ambassador of the Year.
In 2012 I was fortunate enough to win this award and received an all expenses trip to Melbourne to attend the awards ceremony, which was held on the first night of finals at the MCG. It was great meeting the Ambassadors from the other states and being taken on a tour of AFL House. I was also given free tickets to the AFL Grand Final and a set of jumpers for my school AFL team.
So is it worth signing up to be an AFL Ambassador? Absolutely! It has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to continuing my role of AFL School Ambassador next year.
Gordon Primary School
The AFL Ambassador program has helped me to increase AFL participation at my school.
The online resources available through the Ambassador program have been instrumental in teaching the students the fundamental skills of AFL.
Being involved with the Ambassador program is also a fun for us teachers, with the opportunity to win prizes in the Ambassador Tipping Competition.
Blackheath Public School
For the first time last year, Randwick Public School participated in the Australian Football League (AFL) Auskick Program. We were able to offer the skills program to our Kindergarten to Year 2 classes (approximately 300 children) with outstanding success.
The children learnt many fundamental skills for the game of AFL, in addition to many other team sport skills. It was amazing to see the children develop skills from initially not being able to kick the ball to being confident enough to kick for goal from different areas on the field.
The development officers that were involved in the program were fantastic! They developed a great rapport with the children and delivered the program in easy steps for the children to understand. For example; skills such as kicking were broken down to three or four easy steps that every child could follow.
Feedback about the program from parents included comments such as; the program was excellent value for money and the AFL program successfully helped in developing my child’s ball skills.
In addition to this fabulous program, the AFL offer the School Ambassador Program to interested teachers. This program is an excellent resource for teachers, where you learn more about AFL and get a few perks too!
As an AFL Ambassador you are provided with an AFL polo top and bag, Curriculum resource, AFL tickets – and invitations to functions held at the AFL offices.
I believe that the AFL makes you feel like an important part of their community and I have valued my relationship with them. They are more than happy to assist me and my school in any way that they can, this included player visits and fundraising.
I highly recommend the AFL Auskick and Ambassador program to all teachers.
Randwick Public School
“I am continually impressed by AFL NSW/ACT’s level of commitment to and support of all children no matter what their skill level. I am especially pleased with the growth of the AFL NSW/ACT girls program.”
Sport/Dance Coordinator, AFL Ambassador South Coogee Public School.
B.Ed Physical Education - Syd Uni, Masters Education - Syd Uni
“AFL NSW/ACT competitions cater for students of all age groups for both male and female players who are able to have fun and develop their skills at local, regional and state levels. The ambassador program is a valuable opportunity for teachers and coaches to develop relationships and access resources through participation in school base AFL programs.
Kildare Catholic College
“As a school full of football-mad Riverina boys and girls, Finley High is fully behind the programs being run to develop school football. Current GIANTS-listed player Mark Whiley is a former Finley High boy, and we hope that many more of our players are identified through the school competitions.”
Finley High School Football Coach 2001-2012 NSW under 15 State Schoolboys manager
“I am in charge of sport at a K-12 school, and running the sports program to cater for a variety of students is a huge task. The programs offered by the AFL are fantastic. Each week I know the sport programs run with them, is going to run smoothly. The Development Officers are organised and have the skills to cater for students (and staff) with a range of skills and backgrounds. They are in contact regularly and have the ability to adapt to students ranging form Year 3 to elective classes in Years 9-10. I love the fact that they come to me offering students, staff and particularly myself opportunities to be exposed to star AFL players, referring/umpiring and professional development. They by far, outweigh any other sports organisations in what they can offer our students and I myself have gained great experiences from having been part of the AFL Ambassador Program.”
Bishop Druitt College – Coffs Harbour
“I’ve been a member of the AFL School Ambassador Program for 5 years now. I originally joined in order to gain access to resources and equipment that was on offer, so that we could facilitate the running of AFL in our school PE lessons. The support I’ve received from AFL NSW/ACT and my local Development Officer since joining, is by far the most generous and beneficial for me as a teacher; far more than any other sporting body has offered. The appreciation shown from the AFL with the NSW Ambassador of the Year award I received in 2010 was something I will never forget. The trip to Melbourne and hospitality shown to us over those 3 days was simply overwhelming”
Belmont Christian College – Hunter