Registration Open for Youth Australian Footy Program

by Katie Pyzyk May 11, 2012 at 10:45 am 2,334 14 Comments

A little bit of Australia is coming to town. A youth Australian rules football program is about to begin its 7th year in Arlington.

Registration is now open for Saturday Morning Footy, which kicks off on June 16 in Bluemont Park. The free program runs for six weeks, and is open to boys and girls ages 5-15. Kids will be divided up for different activities based on age.

The sessions will teach basic rules of the game and work on honing skills. Younger kids will participate in non-contact footy games and older kids will play tag games. Parents are also able to participate in many of the activities.

The program’s website says footy is the most popular sport in Australia, and describes it as a mix of soccer, basketball and volleyball. Organizer Chris Adams says the program is “unique in the United States” and brings in kids from a variety of different backgrounds.

“Over the last 6 years, hundreds of children from Arlington and the Washington D.C. area have participated in the program… many of them children of Australian military families stationed temporarily in the area,” Adams said. “Other children have had connections to Australia through parents or time spent stationed at U.S. bases in Australia.  Many other children have attended simply because friends have told them it is fun!”

  • novasteve

    Oh I’m so sophisticated! Tooheys old and new time, James Boag!

  • Fidelius

    “…describes it as a mix of soccer, basketball and volleyball.”

    More like a mix of rugby and MMA.

  • Corey

    Should we really be encouraging such a violent sport?? I know that Bluemont homeowners are not happy about having this third-world game shoved down our throats; we’re concerned about property values and the inevitable traffic that’ll come. You haven’t heard the last from us on this.

    • drax

      Let’s have a meeting at the authentically-Australian Outback Steak House about this. We can drink beer out of oil cans and put shrimp on barbies.

    • Swag


  • Michael H.

    Since when is Australia a third-world country? Some people around here really like tarring everything they don’t like with the code phrase of “third world” just to get people rattled about “them foreigners.”

    I would agree that the professional game can be violent, but these games will be non-contact or tag.

    I remember when ESPN used to show Australian rules football frequently, in the days before they signed TV contracts with the major U.S. sports. (They also used to feature Ivy League football.) From what I remember, it was kind of like a tackle version of soccer. The referees have an odd signal when someone scores. They point ahead with both index fingers with elbows bent and upper arm straight down. Sort of a disco move, or an Austin Powers move.

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      • drax

        He fooled me for a few seconds. It’s that bad out there.

  • novasteve

    Say if Footy becomes popular, the only way to watch it on TV is the Fox Footy Channel. FOX!!! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

  • John Fontain

    This is nothing more than an thinly veiled ad for Australia!

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Fact: Aussie Rules is popular in Victoria, S. Australia, and Western Australia. In Queensland and New South Wales, it’s rugby rugby rugby.

      Aussie Rules players have awesome bods though.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Footy is the second best worldwide TV sport next to American football. And you can watch it here on MHZ a couple of times a week. And BTW those guys are athlete’s – vertical’s like BB players, endurance like soccer players, speed and taking hits like football players.

  • The Arlington Rap is LAME

    Vertical leaps, endurance, speed and hits….ooh la la!!!! And it’s all going to be at Bluemont!?
    Let’s be real, the ruggers I know are the kind of men who eat urinal tablets like it’s a birthday cake and drink beer out of eachother’s boots and butt cracks. It’s called, “shoot the boot.” Will they be doing that at Bluemont?


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