Monday, July 1 – Friday July 5, 2013
Monday July 8 – Friday July 12, 2013
It's a big year for football in 2013 in Melbourne.
More than 20,000 international visitors are expected to land in Melbourne for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in June.
Melbourne won the battle with Sydney to host a one-off game at the MCG between Melbourne Victory and Liverpool FC on July 24.
Reigning premiers Melbourne Storm are currently riding high in this year’s National Rugby League competition.
And closer to home, the AFL footy season is well underway.
During the winter school holidays, the National Sport Museum will offer students the chance to celebrate all things football, as well as share in the greatest moments in Australia’s sporting history and participate in a range of interactive activities.
The Coaches Courtyard
The Coaches Courtyard will be up and running again this school holiday period, providing a space for families to sit and relax during their visit.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities here including showing support for their football team by designing their own pin badge with their team’s colours.
The interactive Game On area offers a range of sporting activities, including AFL, soccer, cricket, cycling, netball and archery.
Students can test their own goal kicking skills against their favourite AFL players, run out Adam Gilchrist on a virtual cricket pitch, put their hand eye coordination to the test and kick, throw, shoot, ride, race and run to their hearts content.
This winter students will have the opportunity to take in a number of new displays.
Nicky Winmar’s powerful stand, where he pointed at this stomach and said “I’m black and I’m proud to be black” in response to racial taunts 20 years ago, is celebrated with a new showcase, Black and Proud: A stand against racism.
For those who want to rest their feet, NSM Cinema Sport offers non-stop sporting action screening films created especially for the National Sports Museum, or families can recharge their batteries with a bite to eat or a cup of coffee at the Paddock Cafe.
The National Sports Museum is located at Gate 3, MCG, Yarra Park, Jolimont and is open daily from 10.00am.