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Find out more about our Access All Abilities Auskick Centres and how you can get your child involved in Auskick. In the video below, Danica shares the story of getting her son, Taj, involved

Access All Abilities centres

Everyone is welcome at all Auskick centres! They’re inclusive and accessible to everyone. However, we have set up some centres with disability front of mind, to make sure they can meet the needs of young people with disability. These are called Access All Abilities (AAA) centres.

When you visit our Club Finder, you’ll find them listed with AAA next to their name.

What makes a centre AAA?

These centres and their coaches have:

  • Completed a venue accessibility audit, and know what type of centre they want to be - Disability Specific, Side by Side, or Integrated
  • Completed the AllPlay Footy Coaching Course in Inclusion
    Visited the AllPlay Footy section to access the resources to support coaches, coordinators, parents and players
  • Identified a quiet space at the centre for young people and families to use if needed, available to access during every session
  • Considered other areas within the centre to hold sessions if needed, eg. indoors if the oval is too wet and muddy for young people who use wheelchairs/walkers
  • Used a diverse range of images and videos of people with disability on their website, social media and club newsletters to show they’re a welcoming and inclusive club
  • Provided the opportunity for families to tour the centre and meet the coach prior to the first session
  • Committed to review their Auskick registrations to find who in the group identifies as living with disability
  • Committed to display the session plan visually before the start of each session (eg. on a whiteboard) and explain the schedule verbally
  • Considered they may need one coach/volunteer per player, and have enough volunteers to support the group if needed

The coaches are caring, understanding and want to provide a positive experience for all players.

What can parents do to support their child before their first Auskick session?

 

You can:

  • Visit the footy ground with your child to help them feel more familiar and at ease during their first session
  • Grab a football and practise together at home or a local park. No need to teach them anything, just let them hold and play with the ball as much as they’d like
  • Organise for a friend to go with your child to their first session. A buddy can help players feel at ease
  • Read the AllPlay Footy Footy Stories with your child to introduce them to Auskick and familiarise them with how sessions typically run
  • Use the Auskick activities videos to learn more about what they’ll be doing during sessions
  • Fill out the Supporting your child’s participation at footy form and give it to the coach before their first session, so the coach can get to know your child and plan ways to support their participation
  • Arrive at the first session a little early to adjust to the surrounds and calm any nerves. Parents could also remind their child that they can feel comfortable letting the coach know if additional assistance is needed at any time during an activity. The coach is there to help!
  • Contact clubhelp@afl.com.au or (03) 9643 1999 if you would like any support from the AFL
AllPlay Footy is a joint initiative by Monash University and the AFL. AllPlay Footy was founded at Deakin University in 2015 and has been part of Monash Education since 2021. The AllPlay Footy content and resources presented here have been developed with people with lived experience of disability, consultants from National Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, psychologists and researchers, and are brought to you with funding from a Department of Social Services Information, Linkages and Capacity Building: Social and Community Participation Stream (2020-2021) grant. We aim to use language that is respectful to everyone.