NAB and the AFL have come under fire from furious parents for offering credit cards to kids as young as five years of age.
Children enrolled in the NAB Auskick program were sent emails offering them a free football if they signed up for a NAB Velocity Rewards Premium Card or NAB Premium Card.
“Receive 60,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $1,500 on everyday purchases within 90 days with your new NAB Velocity Rewards Premium Card or 0% p.a. On purchases and balance transfer for 15 months on your new NAB Premium Card,” the email read.
The league and the bank have since apologised for the error, explaining that the email was intended to be sent to children’s parents, rather than the kids.
AFL general manager of game and market development Simon Lethlean issued an apology to parents.
“This is an error on our part which we very much regret,” he said.
“NAB is our valued partner to AFL Auskick and has supported our programs and talent pathways for over a decade.”
NAB also issued an apology for the gaffe.
“We are sorry for the email sent by the AFL to Auskickers this afternoon, which included a credit card offer,” NAB said in a statement.
“The email was intended for parents who had opted-in to receive offers from NAB. We never advertise these products to children.
“Together with the AFL, we will investigate how this happened. Again, we are very sorry.”