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Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: tinka13 on Friday, May 15 2009 @ 12:11 pm ACST

Brett, hello and Mudgee, thanks for your input.
While we are discussing International Footy, what about the International Junior Tournament in Canberra. Is anything going to happen, because things seem to have gone quite. The AFL should go out of it's way to make this happen as juniors is (and always has been) the grass roots that all nations will need, to keep on progressing. I know RSA, PNG and NZ have quite a lot of juniors and I also understand that this is the very thing that is holding back the US. Brian Clarke seems to be doing a good job in the UK, but what more needs to happen to get juniors going?

Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, May 15 2009 @ 11:46 pm ACST

Short of mass junior programs, the key would seem to be getting kids into clubs or creating junior clubs. And that requires clubs in the first place. In most places around the world where some solid junior programs have developed they have involved the efforts of current or former adult players from local clubs. Having established local clubs has played a role in South Africa, the British Columbia program in Canada, around the GGAFL in the US, in Indonesia, the UK and Denmark, etc. So as the number of adult footy clubs grow I think we'll naturally see more people directly making the effort to develop junior programs, or when programs are implemented, it means there are people there who are more likely to get involved. Often it's guys with kids of their own who want to see them playing footy. The other area often focussed on is things like PE lessons. There's admirable programs such as USFootyKids that have previously done a lot of schools work, but without local clubs, I suspect the jury is out whether it converts many to be players in adulthood. Would be happy to hear of major examples to the contrary.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN