Sport is an essential part of Australian culture with many kids playing sport throughout the Winter months. Some sports are even played all year round due to our comparatively warmer climate.
You may be wondering which sports can be played during Winter. See our list of the top Winter sports below:
AFL has been a favourite Winter sport since 1901, played between March and September. Pre-season games are often played between February and April.
A popular spectator sport, AFL is particularly popular in Victoria, SA, WA and Tasmania. AFL is played during Winter because it is the off-season game for many cricketers. Unlike cricket, it's also easier to play football in the rain.
Rugby union is a particularly popular Winter sport in QLD, NSW and the ACT and has been played in Australia as early as the 1820s. Football is a great way to keep fit during Winter, plus all that running around will also help players to stay warm! On the other hand, as football requires so much outdoor running, it's not an ideal Summer sport.
Rugby league is the most popular Winter sport in NSW, QLD and the ACT. It has been played in Australia since 1908 and has gained a larger following than rugby union.
Netball has been played in Australia since the early 1900s. It was referred to as "women's basketball" until the 1970s.
Traditionally a Winter sport, netball is now being played all year round. It is the most popular female team sport in Australia with an estimated 1 million players across the country. It's also becoming increasingly popular with men.
Around 1.08 million Aussies play basketball. Basketball is an alternative to sports that need good weather to be played outside, such as baseball or soccer. As basketball games can be held indoors in a warm stadium, it is played all year round.
Tennis continues during winter as it can be played indoors during the colder months. It's important to take a few minutes longer to warm up and stretch as your muscles will take longer to relax when it's cold outside.
Tennis is a safe, socially-distanced and accessible sport, and has therefore been popular to play during the pandemic, in either Winter or Summer!
Soccer is played all year round with over 2 million players in Australia and is the most popular team sport for juniors. Playing soccer on artificial grass is the best option for Winter. Be sure to wear the correct type of soccer boots for this surface, as wearing grass field boots can easily result in injury to the ankle.
Snowboarding and skiing are great activities for family holidays, with the peak season running from late June to early September. Around 1.2 million Australians participate in skiing or snowboarding, making it a very popular Winter sport.
HAVE YEAR-ROUND FUN WITH LITTLE ROOKIE SPORT!
Little Rookie is dedicated to getting kids out and about and having fun all year round. We stock footy boots, footy balls, tackle bags, shin guards, soccer nets and more for the above Winter sports but also specialise in Summer sports like swimming and cricket. We also provide kids with at-home training equipment like agility ladders, training cones, rugby tackle bags and skipping ropes.
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