First Kicks 4-6 years old
What is it?
First Kicks is all about having fun and getting children to start falling in love with the game. It’s for our youngest players, those aged between 4 – 6
Our focus with these players is very much on maximum participation. No boring drills and waiting in line here!
We want every child to be involved and to have as much footballing fun as possible. To achieve this we get the players do a range of football based activities, focusing upon general movement, football technique, coordination and playing matches/games
Who is it for?
We allocate players to a grade based on the age they will be on 31st of December in the year we’re playing.
For the 2021 season this means children who are turning 5 & 6 in 2021. This means children born in 2016, 2017 are eligible for First Kicks.
Girls who are turning 7 (i.e. born in 2015) can also choose to play in this grade if they would like to.
When & Where do we play?
We play every Saturday Morning on Alex Moore Park Turf in Johnsonville. There is no separate practice day.
First Kicks generally starts after the rest of Football, with a start normally in early May and runs through until August. More information on start dates fill follow.
Equipment & Clothing
We use a mix of equipment that we supply and things that you have to buy. We try and keep the costs to a minimum so as many children as possible can get out there and play!
There are a number of great shops you can visit to get your equipment. Club specific playing kit (e.g shorts and socks) is available through Ultra Football NZ.
As a club we try and keep the costs of playing football down. The Club provides the following equipemnt for players:
- Balls & Gear for each team.
- 1st Aid kit
- Playing shirt for Saturdays that is returned at the end of the season.
Player gear that you may need to get for your child.
- Shin Pads
- Boots or suitable footwear for Saturday football.
- Shorts & socks
- Drink bottle
- Club gear that you wish to wear - This can be purchased via Ultra Football NZ
Fees are set by the Committee on an annual basis to reflect the expected costs of the season ahead.
The fees for 2022 are $80.
Registration for 2022 are open.
Coaches and Teams
Every player is allocated to a team, with its own name and an enthusiastic parent coach. Wherever possible we place children with their friends because sports are most fun playing with mates. Having friends is great, but loads of children turn up every year knowing nobody and soon make friends while busy playing fun games.
Getting a good coach and playing with friends are all things that make starting out in football much easier. When registering we ask players to nominate one or two other players they may know and they would like to be with. If they are unsure of who might be playing then we will generally place them with players from their school where possible. If a player has played the previous season with us we will generally keep them with some or all of their team mates.
Once registration has closed we set to work figuring out teams and coaches. It takes a bit of time for us to figure these out so we generally don’t announce them until late March. If we don’t have enough coaches we may communicate with you looking for volunteers
Safety & Code of Conduct
We take the safety of our players and volunteers very seriously. All players must wear shin pads whenever they are playing or practicing.
All of our coaches, team managers and anyone with significant contact with players are also police checked as a precaution.
Our code of conduct sets out the behaviour we expect of everyone involved with football including players, coaches, and supporters. We are passionate about creating a fun, enjoyable, football experience and we expect every player and parent to play their part in making that happen. When joining the club players and their parents acknowledge and accept the terms of our code of conduct and agree to be bound by it.
If you’d like to experience football again through your children’s eyes then consider becoming a coach. The modern coach has a wealth of support material and courses that can take someone with no experience to being a fun and respected coach. It takes far less time than you might think and the rewards of seeing the pleasure and success of your team are immense. If you’re thinking about coaching but just need to talk to someone then please contact us.
More information about making a real difference at the club through volunteering can be found here