This week marks the start of the Pikinini Kick Australian Football League (AFL) Program involving children with disability at Freshwota Primary School.
Nancy Patterson, the AFL program development manager, led the children through ball handling drills with the assistance of AFL Vanuatu staff and players.
This program breaks down barriers and builds confidence with the children through AFL. Smaller, softer balls are used and the children are encouraged to treat the ball as a friend. All the children and AFL Vanuatu staff had a lot of fun learning ball handling skills, getting active and building friendships.
The Pikinini Kick program will continue at Freshwota Primary School each week with a goal to build AFL skills and encourage disability inclusion at school and within the community.
AFL Vanuatu is committed to sharing the game with everyone and supports the right of people with disabilities to be involved in all aspects of the game, including full and equal active participation.
AFL Vanuatu is encouraging all members of the community to get active and participate in sport in an accessible, acceptable and supportive environment.