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No barriers to footy

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February 22, 2018

Junior players enjoying themselves on the field

This season Benalla and District Junior Football League is taking a ‘‘no barriers’’ approach to playing junior football, giving all kids the chance to enjoy junior footy regardless of their situation.

The League, which manages Benalla’s Auskick Centre, and under-12, under-14 and under-16 teams in the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League, is looking for new players across all age groups.

New president, Darren Skelton, said everyone deserved to participate in Australian Rules Football regardless of their personal situation.

‘‘If something has been standing in your way and stopping you from participating, now is the time to let us know,’’ he said.

‘‘Whether the obstacle is financial, confidence, travel or support, we want to remove as many barriers as we can to get more young people playing football.’’

‘‘We are extremely fortunate to have a number of outstanding charitable organisations which are willing to help those who may not be able to register because of their financial or personal circumstances.’’

‘‘For others travel, parental support or simply the online registration process might be the barrier which is stopping them from playing.’’

The BDJFL has prided itself on providing opportunities for junior footballers, both boys and girls, to play our great game for the best part of 70 years.

Auskick registrations are now open online by visiting www.aflauskick.com.au

The allocation process has begun for junior players leaving the under-12 competition and joining the Benalla Giants Junior Football Club and Benalla Bulldogs Junior Football Club for the coming season.

This is specifically for boys and girls born in 2004 and 2005 who would like to play football this season.

Training sessions will be held on consecutive Wednesdays, February 21 and 28 at the Arundel St Ovals from 4.30pm to 6pm. After the two sessions, the teams will be announced and players will be able to register online to their allocated teams.

Coaches Jack Gall (Bulldogs) and Dean Mathieson (Giants) will jointly conduct the sessions. New players are encouraged to attend.

Under-12, under-14 and under-16 registrations are expected to be open in the near future.

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