FOOTBALL has received a boost in schools across Victoria with the launch of the 2017 AFL Victoria School Program this month.
Hundreds of schools are set to take part in the program for all ages with the Herald Sun Shield again featuring as the main event following its success in 2016.
Boys and girls will be competing in the event as more female participants than ever before are now playing the sport, with eight School Sports Associations now involved in the competition.
More than 80,000 students engaged in the program in 2016 and currently more than 2000 Woolworths AFL School Ambassadors are working inside schools to promote the sport.
The program also includes Umpire Academies, AFL nines played in school, Access All Abilities clinics and a specially designed program for students from a multicultural background.
An AFL Victoria Super Kick competition was also introduced for 2017 as the latest initiative of the program.
It’s designed to teach the basics of the sport to secondary school students with a longest kicking competition taking place during terms two and three.
The top five female and male students statewide will attend the competition’s final at the VFL grand final on September 24.
More information on the super kick can be found at AFL Victoria website www.aflvic.com.au