Fun on the field at Auskick
AUSSIE RULES: In her big brothers West Coast Eagles jersey Aleisha Brooker learned how to kick a footy for the first time at Auskick on Monday afternoon.
The Year 1 Kingaroy State School student received information about Auskick at school and her mum, Naomi, thought it would be a great opportunity.
"We have always been AFL supporters and we thought we would let her have a go because she has never had a go before,” she said.
Aleisha was one of 40 kids at Kingaroy who took part in the first session of the six week Auskick program.
AFL regional manager for the Darling Downs, Jeff Neumann, said they are looking to encourage more kids to get involved.
"It is our key introductory program and our first entry point into playing footy and we have got a pathway with the South Burnett Saints this year to build up some localised footy,” he said.
AFL Queensland and the South Burnett Saints are working to run sessions for under-6, U8 and U10s on Friday nights from May through to August.
"It will be fantastic for the region because they will not have to travel into Toowoomba or anywhere else to play,” Neumann said.
"There is a lot of demand here in the region and it will be great to offer that for the girls and boys coming through.
"We want to build a sustainable future for the South Burnett Saints who have been very successful in the men's and women's competition.”
Auskick will continue at Kingaroy and Nanango next week and the program will start at Blackbutt.