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Girls Development Squad 2014 – Applications Open

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Hey Girls (& parents),

For our motivated girls that are seeking additional training environments, we are pleased to announce that we will host an U11s (2004/2003) fortnightly session and an U13 (2002/2001) weekly session. 

More info to be announced for our U15s later this month.

Meet and greet with training session for U11s and U13s 5.30-7pm on Friday 18th April 2014.

Upper Hutt College Astro Turf (under floodlights).

What to Bring: 
Plenty of enthusiasm, Astro turf boots or equivalent (NOT moulds or blades due to surface playing area), water.  Training takes place in all weather and cancellations are few and far between – so dress for the weatherJ

Weekly until end of May and Club Photos for both age-groups.  Training will then revert to fortnightly for U11s but continue to be weekly for U13s.

What is Girls Development Squad and why does it exist?

Dev Squad aims to bridge the gap between grassroots and higher participation football, whilst supporting and enhancing a range of abilities to provide ongoing development for all involved. 

As a result, the focus is very much on development, encouraging ownership and responsibility with participation in a positive and supportive environment.  It also introduces the ‘Habits’ as delivered through New Zealand Football Talent Centres and as seen practised by current Girls Development Squad members across Junior and Senior Club levels in Mixed Football, Girls Only and talent centres.

This year, a significant number from the Squad have made the transition from juniors to seniors and slotting into the playing styles and concepts has appeared almost effortless.  The hard work and commitment in years gone has most certainly paid off, with Senior Coaches and Players alike astounded by the technical ability and maturity on the field from our younger females. 

If you would like to take your football further and are prepared to work hard and learn how to take on ownership for it, then Girls Development Squad is definitely for you!!


More info on Girls Development Squad can be found here:

For those keen to continue, an on-line registration form will be made available to those who attend our first session on Friday 18th.  If you can’t make it then but are keen to be a part of Girls Dev this year, please do contact me to let me know.

Selection and Commitment:

For a few, existing Easter plans will no doubt impact participation during the ‘trial’ period.  Sorry but training during the Easter period has always been unavoidable – not only do players and families need time to settle down into the Winter Season with their Club and school teams, we also have to await Capital Football announcements with regards to talent centre commitments for existing GDS players.  We do try to accommodate around these commitments where possible and it looks like Friday nights are our best bet for the second year running.

As per previous years, a trial period for both player and Squad will take place for the first 3-4 sessions.  Ongoing participation aims to improve all skill levels, alongside players with mixed ability but by the end of the season, the gap does close significantly.  As the years go by and player’s transition into U15s/U17s and Snr Football, this gap closes even more.  Therefore coach-ability and players motivation to participate is key.  Development Squad provides an additional learning environment, alongside existing Club commitments, whether this is with mixed or all girls only.


Coaches, Managers and Volunteers:

We are always on the lookout for coaches and managers to join the Girls Development Squad so if you could like to help develop our motivated females then please do get in touch. 

If you have an interest in contributing to activities and decisions made on behalf of Girls Development, then we also welcome new members to the Womens and Girls Sub-Committee and look forward to hearing from you


Last but by no means least:

Thank-you to our parents that commit their own time to ensure players can commit to and develop through the many opportunities now available to girls!  Amazing!

For more information about Girls Development Squad and the opportunities available to female footballers at Upper Hutt City Football, please contact:

Lorraine Bowring
Women’s and Girls Club Captain
Upper Hutt City Football
Cell: 0211610951