THE Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct had one of its first exposures to action last weekend, and it appropriately came from the footballing future of Sunraysia.

More than 30 kids from about seven Auskick centres took part in the carnival, designed to bridge the gap between finishing the Auskick program and playing Under 10s football.

AFL participation coordinator David Kennedy said while the aspiring footballers play inter-club games regularly, the carnival provided them with the opportunity to experience what a proper game is like, playing against other players from outside their club, have a kick and find out what it is all about.

Sunday was the first of three rounds the Auskick Carnival to be held, with the second to follow on Sunday.

The carnival had been postponed four times due to COVID, and Kennedy said the feedback he had received from parents was children were devastated to be missing out when restrictions allowed play, hence why the carnival was proceeding despite NSW restrictions not allowing participants from Gol Gol and Wentworth to attend.

And despite the carnival being one of the first events to take place at the Sporting Precinct being noted as an exciting opportunity by many parents, Kennedy said it was a bit lost on the children themselves.

“All the Auskickers wanted to do was get in and play football,” he added.

ABOVE: Jaden Surace looks to be the first to the football. Photo: GLENN MILNE.