Australian Rules Football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia. Its origin can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne as far back as 1858, so it’s no wonder that “Aussie Rules” is a way of life for most Melbournians.
It’s just about a rite of passage for kids in Melbourne to play junior AFL at some point in their childhood. So, if you live in Melbourne and your child is ready and willing to join an AFL team, below we have provided a list of some of the best AFL clubs for kids in Melbourne
Hampton Rovers Football Club
Hampton Rovers first started as an organised activity for the 1st Hampton Scout group in 1918. The club as it is today was established in 1929 and competes in the South Metro Junior Football League.
In 1979, the club started its youth policy by introducing Junior Grades. The aims were to provide an extensive link with the local community and a development scheme and feeder base for the senior sides. This has resulted in 35 Junior premierships as well as thirteen Lightning premierships.
Hampton Rovers Football Club endeavours to provide all players with a safe and caring environment. Their primary aims are to ensure each child: (a) achieves their maximum skill level, and (b) experiences enjoyment at both training and on match day.
They have teams for both boys and girls from Under 8 through to Under 18 and teams are graded from Under 11 through to Under 18.
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Ivanhoe Junior Football Club
The Ivanhoe Junior Football Club was formed on 5th October 1971 as an affiliate of The Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club. They have two grounds; one at Ivanhoe Park in Ivanhoe East and the other at Ford Park in Bellfield. The club competes in the Yarra Junior Football League.
The core goal at Ivanhoe JFC is to provide an environment for competitive and fun footy, to be enjoyed by as many junior players as possible. They provide opportunities for both boys and girls to play in teams from Under 8 through to Under 18.
They place significant emphasis during the Under 8’s, 9’s & 10’s on skill development, reduced contact between players, keeping position and participation. They start grading teams from Under 11, which allows players to participate at the appropriately assessed level, which will enable them to enjoy their football and gain greater confidence for years to come.
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Richmond Junior Football Club
The Richmond Junior Football Club was formed in 1973 and is located at Citizens Park on the corner of Highett Street and Gleadell Street in Richmond. In 1996 they joined the newly formed Yarra Junior Football League and in that period of time they have won twelve premierships.
The Richmond Junior Football Club (RJFC) seeks to encourage an environment that balances participation, talent development and enjoyment. They offer teams for both boys and girls, with boys-only teams from Under 8 through to Under 18, and girls-only teams from Under 10 through to Under 18.
Team grading starts from Under 13, with the RJFC aspiring to provide players the opportunity to play at the highest level possible within the Yarra Junior Football League.
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West Coburg Football Club
The West Coburg Football Club was founded in 1927 and is located at Shore Reserve in Pascoe Vale South. They play in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL).
The junior teams play their home games at either Shore Reserve or Brearley Reserve, depending on age group and availability.
Their AFL Junior Football Program embodies the principles of the West Coburg Football Club: a family-friendly club built on the values of gender and cultural diversity, good play, fairness, teamwork, responsibility and respect for all.
West Coburg offers the chance for girls and boys to play football at a number of different age groups in the EDFL and have teams ranging from Under 9’s for their youngest players to Under 17’s for the older juniors.
Junior players at West Coburg Football Club are placed into teams according to their attitude, skills, ability, leadership, confidence, fitness and interaction with potential teammates and coaching staff.
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Waverley Park Hawks
The Waverley Park Hawks are one of the largest clubs in the Monash municipality and have a long history in the community that spans over 40 years. The club is based at Columbia Reserve in Wheelers Hill and competes in the South Metro Junior Football League.
Their purpose is to provide an enjoyable junior football experience for local children and to improve their physical and social wellbeing through skill development in a team environment. They foster player participation, new friendships, enjoyment, and the playing of football in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
It is their aim to develop players to achieve their full potential by providing good coaching and playing facilities and at the same time creating an environment where players enjoy themselves both on and off the field.
The Waverley Park Hawks are an inclusive club and welcome boys and girls of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. They have junior teams from Under 8 through to Under 18.
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