Getting kids into sport

We take a closer look at some of the best sports programs for kids.

There are some fantastic sporting bodies around Australia facilitating programs for boys and girls of all ages. Generally low cost and introducing children to the world of team sports, athleticism and casual competition, they’re a fun activity to participate in and can encourage good fitness habits early on.

AusKick

The NAB AFL Auskick program provides boys and girls with a fun and safe Australian Football experience that introduces them to a lifetime of involvement in the game.

Children learn the skills of AFL through weekly coaching sessions and activities with an emphasis on fun and having a go.

Last year Auskick attracted more than 182,000 children.

NAB AFL Auskick volunteers provide fundamental instructions and techniques to improve handballing and kicking skills along with other skills important in playing Australian Football.

Children registered in NAB AFL Auskick have the opportunity to be the 2013 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year.

Registrations for NAB AFL Auskick 2013 are now open. To find you nearest centre, visit aflauskick.com.au

Little Athletics

After witnessing the disappointment in three young boys when he turned them away from competing in an athletics competition in 1963, Trevor Billingham knew there would be interest in a junior athletics program.

On the first Saturday in October the following year, Billingham met a small group of children on a Geelong oval and held a short program of running events. The interest quickly grew and in 1967 the Victorian Little Athletics Association was formed.

Children from 5 to 16 years can participate in Little Athletics and are offered a wide range of events from running, jumping, walking and throwing that are modified to suit their age and ability.

Australia-wide, more than 95,000 girls and boys participate in Little Athletics and the program’s emphasis on fun, participation, performance, technique and family involvement ensures its continued success and popularity with children and families.

Find your local Little Athletics Centre at littleathletics.com.au

NetSetGO!

NetSetGO! is Netball Australia’s junior netball program offering children from 5 to 10 years a positive introduction to netball.

Participation provides children with a weekly program where they develop skills and participate in minor games and modified matches in a fun and supportive environment.

The program is run by accredited coaches at NetSetGO! centres around Australia and along with the skills of the game, children build their physical fitness, sportsmanship and social skills.

Whether participation puts kids on the path to playing netball for Australia or developing an appreciation for the game, it’s an enthusiastic environment and introduces parents to the social communities of junior sports clubs.

In 2013, netball is heading out to schools and teachers, PE staff and principals are invited to become NetSetGO! School Ambassadors.

For more information about joining NetSetGO! or being involved in the Schools Program visit netball.asn.au.

Recommended reading - Protecting your vision

Lifestyle

23 facts about your eyes

Take a look at some of the unknowns of your most precious sense.

Read more
Experts

5 ways to protect your eyes this summer

Don't let the summer sun damage your eyes – OPSM shares some top tips for keeping your eyes safe

Read more
Experts

Caring for aging eyes

Understanding how our vision changes as we get older, and how to keep our eyes in good condition.

Read more
Experts

Food for healthy eyes

Ophthalmologist Dr Eric Mayer gives us some food for thought on nourishing our eyes.

Read more
Experts

Hayfever treatment

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis afflicts up to 40% of Australians.

Read more
Experts

Contact lens complications

If you wear contacts chances are at some stage you’ll experience an issue. Here's how to avoid them.

Read more
Community

Amazing eye facts

Optometrists Association Australia provides reasons why you should visit an optometrist.

Read more
Lifestyle

6 creative developments in health tech

Sci-fi or reality? The latest innovations in the brave new world of health tech are unbelievable.

Read more
Advice

Protect your eyes on the run

All you need to know about protecting your eyes as you clock up the kilometres.

Read more
Experts

Sun safety: How to protect your eyes

Your vision is unique - Opthamologist Gerard Sutton explains how and why you should protect it.

Read more
Experts

How to prevent eye injuries

Keep those eyes safe during sport. The Vision Eye Institute shares some expert advice

Read more
Experts

Myopia: Myths and facts about short-sightedness

What’s the best way to manage myopia? Professor Kathryn Rose explains the facts of short-sightedness

Read more
Lifestyle

Sight set on eye health

Aussie rocker Kirk Pengilly discusses eye health, specs and health challenges of touring.

Read more
Lifestyle

The history of glasses

Where would we be without glasses? Nick Snelling takes a close look at the evolution of eyewear.

Read more
Community

The role of an optometrist

Optometrist Julia Kapov explains how an optometrist can help you on your journey to better health.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.