The AFL Kids First program helps clubs guide parents in positive behaviour
Parents play an important role in children’s sporting activities, and while barracking and wanting your child to perform well is human nature, it needs to be done in a responsible manner.
AFL Kids First is a program that guides parents and supporters towards positive behaviour to ensure everyone – particularly children – obtain maximum benefit and enjoyment from their football.
The program celebrates the children who participate in junior AFL and the positive example parents set both on and off the field.
To achieve family friendly, quality environments, all junior and youth clubs across Queensland are required to conduct an AFL Kids First session for parents of new participants prior round one. At committee discretion, clubs can choose to include returning parents to reinforce positive messages.
AFL Community Program Coordinator Aaron Hall says that although AFL Kids First is targeted at parents, clubs benefit enormously from the program.
“By providing the best environment possible, our clubs will recruit and retain participants, volunteers, sponsors and community support,” said Hall.
As part of the program, Junior Round One is assigned as the AFL Kids First Round. Prior to this weekend, clubs will display AFL Kids First Posters around the club, provided by your local league.
Resources are online to easily enable club volunteers to conduct the parent session and promote the program around the club.