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Now you’ve found your groove for the new school year – it’s time to consider some winter sports for after school or weekend fun and fitness for the kids. Sports offered at school are always convenient and there is a host of community clubs that may be close to home. Here are a few of the most popular winter sports your kids can have a crack at this winter.

Rugby league
Did you know that rugby league is the most popular winter sport in Queensland? It’s not really a surprise – it’s a great way to get your children’s fitness levels up, while also encouraging communication, strategy, agility and hand-eye coordination.

AFL
Footy season is synonymous with Australian winter – there’s just something about donning a team scarf and beanie to cheer on your local club, particularly if your kids are the ones playing! The cooler weather makes those long daytime games a lot more tolerable, too, both on the field and off.

Swimming
No, it’s not the most popular sport in winter, but keeping the kids’ skills up through the cooler months is essential to their success (and safety) in the water. We’ve got no shortage of heated indoor and outdoor pools around town either, so the cool air is less of an issue!

Netball
If you’re looking for a way to improve your kids’ fitness, social skills and coordination, you can’t go past netball. Australia is a heavyweight in the international netball scene, so there are plenty of netball stars for your kids to look up to and no shortage of inspiration.

Hockey
Field hockey – more commonly known as simply ‘hockey’ here in Australia – is a game that’s fervently followed, but rarely talked about. The fields are huge so it’s a great way for your kids to improve their fitness, and it’s a sport they’ll be able to play long into their adult years.

Looking for a way to beat (or bring) the heat in the warmer months? Check out our list of sports to try in summer.

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