Kids have a chance to play on MCG

COFFS Harbour kids have been encouraged by all 16 AFL captains to register for the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition for their chance to take centre stage on the hallowed MCG turf on grand final day.

Last year North Coffs Auskicker Michael Laurens had the honour of presenting Geelong’s Matthew Scarlett with his premiership medal as well as playing at half time on the game’s biggest day in front of nearly 100,000 spectators.

This year NAB is again looking to reward 22 Auskickers who best reflect team work, enthusiasm, commitment and passion.

Like Laurens the successful Auskickers will travel to Melbourne to march in the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, play on the MCG at halftime and present medals to the 2010 premiership players.

In addition to the Grand Final experience of a lifetime, local kids will be in the running to win a $5000 NAB Smart Junior Saver account plus personal footy mentoring from Geelong’s Joel Selwood in 2011. Last year’s winner, Kyle Skene, is already the envy of his school friends after a couple of visits from the Cats star in 2010.

Two-time Geelong premiership player and NAB AFL Auskick Ambassador, Joel Selwood helped launch the program in 2009 and said he was excited to be involved again in 2010.

“I urge all kids to register for this fantastic competition for their chance to experience AFL Grand Final week just like a player. I’ve been lucky enough to experience three Grand Finals and those memories will stay with me forever,” Selwood said.

“I’m passionate about getting involved with the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.

“Kyle is a great kid and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of mentor and hopefully I can have a positive impact on his future development.”

To register your application to become the 2010 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year or for more information on how your local NAB AFL Auskick Centre can participate in any of the NAB AFL programs for 2010, head to

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