First Kicks is aimed at those turning 4, 5 or 6 this year (2019) and born in 2015, 2014 and 2013) with or without any previous experience kicking a ball.
We follow New Zealand Football’s nationwide Fun Football framework to teach core skills, play simplified games and have a whole load of fun!
Last season in 2018 we had 100 kids registered with around 80 kids playing each Saturday morning. It’s superb to see the turf humming on a Saturday morning with around 200 playing across two hours including 7th and 8th grades. You’re most welcome to come along and give it a go first to see if your player is keen.
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00am, from 6 April to 24 August 2019 – TBC
There’s 19 playing Saturdays.
No games on Easter Weekend and on the middle week of the school holidays.
Football Turf at Maidstone Park, Park Road (opposite Parapine ITM)
We follow the New Zealand Football Junior Framework that encourages a variety of skill development and is all about building the foundation for future years. You’ll probably see us using laminated games guides from the framework each Saturday.
Each Saturday we’ll start 9:00am sharp. The first part of the session is made up of four station rotations (around 8 minutes each) that focus on each training area including general movement, football coordination, football technique and small sided games.
Then we play games (around 8 minutes each) for the remainder of the time.
We mix up the players using bibs. Teams are re-created each Saturday. We’ll often split the whole grade into the more confident players and those who are still finding their way. See the action in our photo gallery of First Kicks and 7th and 8th Grades.
Parents are game leaders
We have a number of parents volunteer to act as “game leaders” so all our children can enjoy a good productive morning’s play. The role is far more about making sure they’re having fun than any technical football job. There are readymade game cards to work with and we always love coaches who are keen to get a bit crazy. Everyone coaching is a parent of a First-Kicker. Please let us know if you’re keen.
2019 seasons fees are to be confirmed – 2018 fees were $90.
Find out how to register and pay online. Payments for the season are made by credit or debit card when you register.
We welcome registrations throughout the season. All registrations within a month of the season start will pay full fees and any other amounts will be advised by the grade manager. If you wish to talk about payments – please get in touch.
Gear you’ll need
Once all paid up, we’ll give players an orange club shirt (for them to keep). Your budding footballer will need shorts and closed shoes – football boots are best for the turf. Plus they can wear their favourite football team colour until they get their club shirt. Shin pads really are a must. Black shorts and club socks are preferred, but are not compulsory as the only uniform piece expected at this age is their t-shirt.
To ensure each player has as many touches of the ball as possible and young players concentrate on skills that are best suited to their age we play a simplified version.
- No goalies.
- No offside.
- No corners.
- Kick/dribble in instead of throw-ins.
- Attacking team returns to half-way for a goal kick.
Players of the day
Plus there’s a lot of rewards to earn including All Whites posters, player of the day certificates and rewards and skills zone prizes throughout the season.
Are few and far between as we play on an artificial turf so we usually just play on. However, if it’s obvious it’ll be bad we have a UHCF First Kicks 2018 Facebook page that we post updates to.