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The Facts of Life – Winning & Losing

My 7 yr-old nephew began playing Junior AFL (Australian Football League) in the Under 9s team this year.  He had been playing Auskick for the previous 2 years and loved every moment of his Sunday training. He was very excited and we were all very proud.  My sister is their team manager despite never having been involved in anything of the sort before.

There is nothing more exhilarating than watching a bunch of kids running around a field, whatever the sport, learning some skills and discipline while having a great time.  At my nephew’s first ever training session, I watched his interaction with other kids he had never met before.  Ever the sociable character that he is, he was soon getting to know everyone’s names and soon having a kick with them.  When they played a mini game, there were times when he was so busy talking to the other kids standing at the goal square with him that he barely noticed when the ball was coming his way.

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