Chinchillla State School students try AFLX for the first time
STEPPING out onto an AFL football field, running around, kicking and handballing the ball to their teammates, there was nothing but big smiles on faces as some students experienced playing AFL for the first time.
On Tuesday, grade four to six students from Chinchilla State School (CSS) and Roma State College (RSC) spent the day experiencing a modified version of AFL through the game of AFLX.
The day was hosted by AFL Darling Downs at the Chinchilla Suns home-ground in the hope to ignite the future of AFL in primary school aged kids in regional towns.
CSS student and tiger player for the TJay Blower had a blast throughout the day and it was special for him to play on the same ground as his brother who plays for the suns.
“It was really good and it was really fun to be able play with different teams,” he said.
“I have played AFL football before but never AFLX before and I really enjoyed it and having a kick around.”
With modified rules, a small field and nine a side per game, it is the prefect introduction into AFL.
It is still physical with a lot running around but slightly less than a normal game of AFL.
AFL Darling Downs regional manager Jeff Neumann who is trying to drive AFL here in Chinchilla hopes that this first taste of football gives them a small of what it’s like and hopefully they will want to join in the future.
“Our Aus kick has been really strong, however that’s for younger ages and we want them to be able to continue playing AFL through the middle and end of primary school,” he said.
“With the introduction of AFLX into primary school we are hoping it does just that.
“Then from AFLX we would encourage them into junior club football and hopefully on day play for the senior Chinchilla Suns teams.”
This was the first ever AFLX carnival in Chinchilla was a pilot opportunity.
Neumann is hoping that he can bring it back in term one year with other schools in the region also getting involved.
He’s hoping that they can even have a carnival cup in which all schools battle it out for.
“ We want to bring it back in term one before the football season starts to hopefully encourage them to sign up to junior AFL for that season.”
“Then the ultimate goal is to see them one day shining bright for the Chinchilla Suns.”