Please see below information in regards to the AFL Victoria KickStart & All Nations Trials to be held at Deakin University on Wednesday 15th February 2017 (see also flyer below)
What: Kickstart and All Nations Programs
Where: Deakin University Sports Precinct (Soccer Pitch)
When: Wednesday February 15th 4pm – 6pm – a bbq will be provided after the trials.
The purpose of Kicktstart is to increase the participation of indigenous footballers in the TAC Cup program, therefore providing them with the best chance at progressing into the AFL. Kickstart is now in its 8th year, and Victoria has provided many young talents into the AFL system through this program. These young men include the likes of Jay Kennedy-Harris, Jarman Impey, Jade Gresham and several more.
All Nations began in 2014 (in its 4th year) and is based off of the Kickstart model, however targets overseas born participants. All Nations also targets at increasing the number of players born overseas in the TAC Cup program.
Both the Kickstart and All Nations program have been specifically designed to use football as a vehicle to promote awareness in participation, health, education and employment to Indigenous communities. What makes these programs stand out from the rest is it not only focus on football. Culture and identity is another aspect that makes this program so strong.
AFL Victoria, in conjunction with AFL Barwon and the Geelong Cats are hoping to get as many eligible participants (see flyer below) to the trials as possible. This trial will also help AFL Barwon and the Geelong Cats Next Gen Academy programs identify talented indigenous and multicultural talent that may participate in programs throughout the 2017 season, on top of KickStart and All Nations.