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by LW (subscribe)
Published February 12th 2011
Attention suburban dads. If you've ever dreamt of a senior coaching role in the AFL that you accepted after a 250 game career (including three consecutive premierships as captain), then Auskick is for you.

While your children practice their ball handling skills, build their team work abilities and enjoy sliding in the muddy patches of their local football oval you will revel in the chance to fulfil your unrealised AFL dreams by becoming an Auskick coach.

The programmes are run locally by parents on Saturday mornings throughout the AFL season and participation by all is encouraged. While you can take an informal "helper" role and assist with keeping the children together and chasing stray balls, a role as an accredited Auskick coach will allow you to determine training drills, work with individuals to improve their skills, and have all the power that comes with wearing a whistle around your neck.

This is a great opportunity to share your love of AFL with both your children and like-minded parents and help strengthen community ties in your local area. Local businesses also come to the party by providing sausages for sizzling and serving those who prefer to watch from the sidelines with coffee and hot chocolate.

So while the early winter mornings may be a daunting prospect just think back to those long training sessions and early ocean swims you didn't take back when you weren't a professional footballer: you know it will all be worth it in the end.

Everything you need to find your local Auskick centre, sign your children up and become an Auskick coach can be found at the website
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Why? Because you're Australian and you love AFL
When: Varies, but usually between May-August
Where: In your local area
Cost: Varies depending on location
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