Wheeler Kids

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at The Wheeler Centre

Footy Fan Club

Here’s a free kick for the school holidays: a morning of footy talk and fun at the Wheeler Centre.

Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes are writers, broadcasters and mad football fans. They’re two voices from the cult Outer Sanctum Aussie Rules podcast and the authors of a new book for kids, The Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017. The book is a must-read for young footballers, profiling some of the brightest stars in the new Women’s League.

They’ll be joined by Collingwood recruit Emma King who, at 22, is one of the club’s leading stars, a member of the AFL Players’ Association Women’s Advisory Committee – and, outside the game, a qualified architect.

What were the weirdest facts Alicia and Nicole learned when interviewing the players? Which female footballers will be the legends of the future? What’s it like to play in the Women’s League, and what were some of the best plays of its first season?

Sporty kids of all ages are welcome for this free hour of footy fandom.

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Portrait of Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet, broadcaster and musician.

Portrait of Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and one-sixth of the award winning AFL podcast/radio show, The Outer Sanctum (on the ABC). Her debut novel, The Whole of My World, a #MeToo novel about a teenage girl obsessed with footy, was longlisted for the Gold Inky award and helped inspire The Outer Sanctum. With Alicia Sometimes, she co-edited an anthology, From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (2016), and A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017. Her most recent novel, A Shadow’s Breath, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and One True Thing won the Children’s Peace Literature Award. She runs workshops and public events with a focus on writing, gender and sport. 

Portrait of Emma King

Emma King

Emma King, 22, is one of Collingwood Football Club's marquee players for the inaugural AFL Women's League season. Raised in Perth, she graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) in 2015. She's a member of the AFL Players Association Women's Advisory Committee.

Wheeler Kids

Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a new series of events for the younger reader in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!


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