Footy Planet

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In March 2015, the AFL Schools Program in Northern Territory had 75 students aged from four to seven visit Fred’s Pass Reserve - 30kms North of Darwin - for a day of Football fun and games, titled ‘Footy Planet’. 

The schools gala day is aimed at engaging students from Pre-school through to Year 1, with a focus on fun and animated activities. Half of the activities during the day involved some form of football component, with the other 50% purely focused on fun interactive games.

The three hour event was overseen by the Regional Development Coordinators with the assistance of SEDA Students who ensured the young participants had a footy experience ‘out of this world’. The activities included Cracka’s (NT Thunder mascot) Nest, Cirque de Futbal, Kick Land, Democratic Republic of Handball, Jungle Run, Sleepmania and the Great Wall of Tackles and Speckies. 

The students finished the day with a ride on Cracka’s Giant inflatable water slide and the event concluded with a very popular Easter egg hunt, despite the Darwin heat taking its toll on the chocolate eggs. 

The kids left with smiles on their faces and a football to take home, rounding out an enjoyable first taste of the AFL Schools Program and furthermore Australian Rules Football, for many of these young participants. 

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