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Kookaburras spread their wings

The Kookaburras, Bundaberg's newest Junior AFL Club, are inviting new players and their families to join them

The newest junior AFL Club in Bundaberg, the Kookaburras Junior AFL Club, has announced they are doubling the size of their club in 2020. 

Kookaburras president Brett Binstead said last year had been a great start.

“Last year was our first season in the Bundaberg Junior AFL, and we managed to establish a very strong foundation for a successful year, which has given us that opportunity for growth,” Brett said.

“The club initially formed in Moore Park Beach to give local children an opportunity to participate in a local team sport.”

Coaching coordinator Paul Timms said the Kookaburras were very family-oriented.

New club accessible, inclusive and family friendly

“Our key focus was to make sure our club was accessible, inclusive and family friendly so that kids with busy parents could join in,” he said 

“In the first year the club attracted 50 members and entered a team in the Under 8s and Under 10s. 

“This added a lot of excitement to the local competition, which had been a two team competition for many years.”

This year the Kookaburras Junior AFL Club has seen a surge in interest and will be doubling the number of teams entering into the local competition. 

“We have secured a second training location at St Luke’s, allowing families based in Bundaberg to also join our club,” Brett said.

Paul Timms proudly displays the Kookaburras logo

Paul Timms said there had been tremendous interest.

Coaches and parents getting involved

“We already have twice the number of coaches and a group of very excited parents getting involved in our expansion.”

The club has a strong focus on fun, friendship and family with Family Fun Days planned for all members each school term. 

These Family Fun days will allow the kids and parents to slow down and have the time and opportunity to get to know each other better. 

“We are all committed to doing the best we can for our children,” Paul said. 

“Providing encouragement, understanding and support to other parents means that we can provide a better environment for our kids.”

The next Kookaburras Junior AFL Club Family Fun Day will include three hours at Bucca Retreat, with the waterslide, canoeing, fishing and range of games to keep the kids active and having fun. 

Membership is open to all primary school aged children and their families, with the next sign on sessions planned for Tuesda,y 25 February in Bundaberg at 3.30pm and Moore Park Beach at 4pm.

For more information about The Kookaburras visit www.kookaburra.org or call Wendy on 0407 027 736.

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