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Teenage Kicks

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN. The downside to no classes (if you can call it one…) is finding fun things to do to fill in the days.

Launch Darwin has teamed up with AFL NT for another day of action for their annual AFL Clinic for teens aged 11-17.

We caught up with Nicky Hyland from AFL NT to find out what’s involved.

First and most important question – what team do you back?
Brisbane Lions!

How does one of your AFL clinics roll out?
The first session is all about skills, so we go over things like handballs, kicking, bouncing, and just have a bit of fun with that. From there we get into some fun games – not necessarily footy based. They’re games like capture the footy, kick-tennis and baseball footy. It’s a great way to let off some steam, and after that we get in to some little AFL matches.

The last thing we finish off with is a water slide.

That sounds like a good way to cool down! Do participants need some footy skills already?
We always get a good mix of kids who haven’t done any footy before and aren’t necessarily sporty kids, and kids who have played a bit before. 

Why should people get involved? What makes it worth going to?
It’s just a good fun day – they’re in their element and out there enjoying themselves.
And a chance to make new mates?
Yeah. A lot of that age group know their friends from school or footy, so it’s a good way to meet a new group of people.

Any rising stars spotted over the years?
Yeah, there are always a few kids who stand out and like to show off! It’s a good time of year to get involved because it leads in to our NTFL season, so we let everyone know how to get involved and a few usually go on to join clubs.


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