AFL Auskick Participation Up 6.9% in 2016
AFL game and development manager Simon Lethlean stated in November 2016 that NAB AFL Auskick participation reached 195,719 in the 2016 AFL season which was a 6.9% from 2015 figures. Other research figures of note from the 2016 AFL season include:
- Community Club participation – 360,648 (up 7.3%)
- School competition participation – 270,337 (up 13%)
- Overall participation – 1,404,176 (up 12.5%)
- Male participation was up 10% in 2016 to 1,024,135
More Young Girls and Females Playing AFL
AFL research data confirms that there has never been a time in Australian rules football history where girls and females had such a large standing in the game. According to figures released by the AFL, total female participation increased 19% in 2016 to 380,041. The number of girls playing Auskick grew by 21% with females now accounting for 27% of all Australian rules footballers.
Why Are There More Girls and Females Playing AFL?
There are various reasons which account for the sharp rise in girls participation in Auskick and overall female participation in AFL. Here is a snapshot of some of those reasons:
- AFL Product – the overall product viewed by spectators at the ground and on TV is outstanding. The fast-paced nature of the game, the tribalism displayed on the field and by supporters, combined with the ever increasing safety controls within the game, make AFL a sport that both boys and girls of all sizes can enjoy.
- The Clean Cut Image of AFL Players – whilst news headlines can be dominated by the off-field exploits of professional athletes, the number of cases involving AFL players is anecdotally far less than other sporting codes in Australia. Being involved in a game that upholds values such as respect, inclusion and dignity, AFL does capture the hearts and minds of parents with daughters. It also fills girls and females with confidence that they can participate in a sport that offers a safe and comfortable environment.
- AFLW League – there is now a clear pathway for females to become professional AFL players through the introduction of the AFL Women’s League. In a climate of growing female participation in sport in Australia, the AFLW League was broadcast on mainstream TV in its inaugural season. By all reports, crowd numbers and the atmosphere at the ground during the AFLW League was tremendous. With the AFL looking at scheduling AFLW League matches as curtain raisers to the men’s AFL competition in years to come, perhaps more and more girls will choose AFL as their sport.
How Can I Register My Daughter To Play AFL?
For more information on which AFL Club in your local area that runs an AFL Auskick program, click here.
Can My Daughter Take Part In School Holiday AFL Camps?
Super Sports Camps stage Sydney AFL Camps in the Inner West and in the Sutherland Shire. We offer girls of all abilities aged 6-13 years the opportunity to develop their AFL skills, build their confidence and make new friends. Check out our AFL Camps page for more information on the dates and locations of our AFL Camps by clicking here.