Family day lead-in for Auskick season


A SOMERVILLE Auskick Access All Abilities Family Day in March will feature live bands, rides, market stalls, free kids’ activities and dance performances.

The free day will be held 10am-9pm on the Labour Day Weekend at the Fruitgrowers Reserve, Somerville.

The day is being presented by Somerville Auskick to bring together members of the community to showcase the local area and the talent available.

Proceeds raised this year, at what’s hoped will become an annual event, will help initiate the Somerville Auskick Access All Abilities program.

Coordinator Felix Arena said organisers were seeking sponsors for the family day, an audiovisual system for the stage, stallholders for the market (with places from $50), performers to play on stage, volunteers to help on the day and printing for programs and flyers.

The NAB Somerville Auskick program is becoming an accredited Auskick centre next year. “This step consolidates our aim of becoming a completely inclusive centre,” Mr Arena said. “We want to ensure that children of all abilities can enjoy some outdoor time playing the game they love.

“We also hope to provide parents with the chance to enjoy the thrill of seeing their child taking a mark or kicking a goal while having fun with their friends.

“We are excited by the prospect of being able to give parents and their children an opportunity to join in the standard Auskick program, while offering a dedicated all-abilities group should they feel more comfortable.

“The key to our program is that the children are free to move from the AAA group into their age group when they feel comfortable, or, should they feel the need to move back into the AAA group, they are able to do that as well.”

The weekly Auskick season starts 16 April, with sessions 9am Saturdays.

First published in the Western Port News – 22 December 2015


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