Kids get footy fever through Access All Abilities Sports Auskick clinic

While junior sports programs such as Auskick have proven a hit with kids eagre to get a taste of sport, a dedicated group of Ballarat parents is working hard to make sure nobody misses out.  

Getting involved:  Ballarat's Hayden Winzar, 5, was right among the action at Ballarat Grammar School on Sunday for the Access All Abilities Sports Auskick clinic with the Western Bulldogs.  Picture: Kate Healy.

Getting involved: Ballarat's Hayden Winzar, 5, was right among the action at Ballarat Grammar School on Sunday for the Access All Abilities Sports Auskick clinic with the Western Bulldogs. Picture: Kate Healy.

Access All Abilities Sports Ballarat branch was formed in 2016 after Kellie Tait found her autistic on struggled to keep up with the pace of a mainstream Auskick program.  

The program has since partnered with Ballarat Grammar School and on Sunday kids from around Ballarat got to test their skills in a Auskick program run by Western Bulldogs representatives.   

“We simplified everything for them so it’s a bit easier to understand and you can see by their faces they absolutely love it,” Ms Tait said.  

“It’s a good chance for the parents to sit back and enjoy watching their kids participate in something they otherwise wouldn’t.”  

The program which currently has 36 participants gives kids a chance to get a taste of a number of different sports including soccer, netball, cricket as well as Australian Rules.