To make footy more fun and accessible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, South Melbourne District Sports Club is offering the regular Auskick program delivered in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). For a few years, the Club has had participants who are deaf or hard and hearing so it will be great to build upon opportunities for children like these young players to achieve their potential in football. This program aims to initially include around 12 – 15 deaf and hard of hearing children from 4 years of age through to grade 6.
South Melbourne District Sports Club runs a successful Auskick program that last year included 320 Children. The children and their families are from a diverse cultural and socio economic groups. We are one of the largest Auskick Centres and have over 35 qualified AFL coaches to run the program. Our well-structured program caters for all kids (4yo+), all abilities, and there is the option for the girls to be in the mixed age groups or the dedicated girls squad. We are a family focused club that places the emphasis on FUN , education, inclusion and that every kid should have fun whilst they learn the basics of footy. We also offer a pathway into junior footy through South Melbourne Districts FC and teams from U8’s all the way through to seniors. 2014 is set to be a huge season of footy and fun at South Melbourne Districts with an exciting 15 round season of activities, skill sessions, classic footy drills and the ever important Auskick matches.
While one of the key focus areas is inclusion we also offer groups with a specific target audience. The current program includes children grouped into school years but has a specific girls footy group. This group was formed to provide girls with the option of the mixed group or a dedicated girls squad where the program is tailored to encourage participation and has grown to include 25 participants. South Melbourne Districts also has recently formed a girls football team that will compete in the newly formed AFL age group girls competition.