South Melbourne District Football Club, with the support of Deaf Children Australia, are offering Auslan Auskick again in 2017. This program is the first of its kind to make footy more fun and accessible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing by offering the regular Auskick program delivered in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) on Saturday mornings. Supported by volunteer interpreters working with the coaches, players have full access to information in Auslan, enabling them to be their very best on the footy field.
The 2017 season begins on 22 April, with a 14 week program running through to 12 August and byes on 10 June (long weekend) and 1 & 8 July (school holidays). There is one night round on Friday 19 May (commencing at 6.00pm) and no Auskick on the following Saturday. To learn more about Auslan Auskick, see the attached program flyer or view our Auslan Auskick page for past player stories.
DCA is also seeking expressions of interest for a volunteer interpreter to work with the South Melbourne District Football Club Junior Footy team for the 2017 season to expand Auslan Auskick to include older players. If you are passionate about access in sport and would like to help older children and teens enjoy football on an even playing field, please contact email@example.com to get involved.