Welcome to Northcote/Thornbury Auskick
McDonell Park, Clifton Street, Northcote
Northcote/Thornburn Auskick Program
Northcote/Thornbury Auskick holds clinics for a range of age groups. In 2016 over 220 Auskickers participated in the Northcote/Thornbury Program.
Our program is aimed at having fun while learning the basics of the game in a safe environment. We hope that everyone who leaves the program has a love for the game, can kick and handpass to their mates, and have a basic appreciation of game play. We mostly run drills and fun skills based actives, but as the season progresses we also play some modified rules games.
We believe strongly in participation for all regardless of skills, gender or backgrounds (and that goes for the parents as well!!). Our volunteer coaches are generally mums and dads who have all gone through the basic coaching program, and we support them to ensure that they can support everyone who comes along to have a go.
In 2017 we aim to increase the number of Girls participating so that there are plenty of young girls coming through to the ever-growing junior girls football teams including the AFL in the future. To support greater Girls participation, as well as the mixed groups, Northcote/Thornbury Auskisk also as runs a GIRLS ONLY clinic each week (for those girls who prefer this). Girls are still welcome to train in the mixed-class groups if they prefer.
Pathway to Junior Football
While its not everyone’s dream to play junior footy (and there is nothing wrong with just having a kick in the park) for those who are interested making it all the way to the AFL, the Northcote/Thornbury Auskick Centre is affiliated with the Northcote Junior Football Club program which provides a great pathway to Junior and Senior Footy.
The Cougars not only assist with our fantastic facilities and support our coaching development. They also give an opportunity to see what junior footy is all about when you get a bit older, and easily transition if that’s your thing. So come along to Auskick for a few years to learn the basics then head on to Junior Football with the Cougars. Junior Football starts with under nines which is generally after you have spent at two or three years in the Auskick program. For more info about the Cougars to their web site at http://njfc.com.au/
How you can help
As with all Auskick centres Northcote/Thornbury Auskick is run by parent volunteers and generally the participation of parents is fantastic. Every year however, as their children move on, so do the parents that make Northcote/Thornbury such a great experience for the kids. So we always need more help to keep the centre going.
Whether you are a first time participant or returning from last year we always need more help with coordinating events, setting up, coaching, assistants, running the canteen or packing up. As well as registering your children for the clinic be sure to also let us know (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) how you can think you can help so we can get you involved. Leaving it to the first day is hard to coordinate, so drop us a short email ahead of time and we will be in touch.
Registration for 2017 opens in January 1 2017. Not sure when yet. Will update when open.
All participants must register and pay online at http://aflauskick.com.au/
The registration cost of $91.00 gives access the 15 clinics plus a pack full of goodies (including a football). The packs are new and improved for 2017 and are themed around each individual auskickers team that they support. Registered Auskickers and their families also get four free tickets (two adult and two children) to a selected AFL match.
Note: All bags and goodies are posted directly to the Registered Address
2017 Clinic Details
Start date: Saturday 22th April End date: Saturday 19th August (Presentation Day)
Clinic times: 9.00am to 10.30am
1 Saturday 22nd April
2 Saturday 29th April
3 Saturday 6th May
4 Saturday 13th May
5 Saturday 20th May
6 Saturday 27th May
7 Saturday 3rd June
No Clinic 10th June: Queens Birthday
8 Saturday 17th June
9 Saturday 24th June
10 Saturday 1st July
No Clinic 8th & 15th July: School Holidays
11 Saturday 22nd July
12 Saturday 29th July
13 Saturday 5th August
14 Saturday 12th August
15 Saturday 19th August (final Clinic + Presentation Day)
Note: the above dates were amended from what was on the website in early January. Apologies if any confusion is caused.