For players turning 7 and 8 this year (those born in 2011 and 2010) with or without any previous experience kicking a ball.  Programmes follow New Zealand Football’s national framework. 

When?  

Saturdays 8 – 9 am,  7 April to 25 August 2018
There’s 19 playing Saturdays. No games Easter Weekend or each middle week of the school holidays. This season we expect to have around 70 in each grade each Saturday morning with over 200 expected on the Maidstone Park Turf on Saturdays in First Kicks, 7th and 8th grades.

Where?  

Football Turf at Maidstone Park, Park Road (opposite Parapine ITM). Festival days every three or four weeks – where we travel to another Hutt Valley turf to play other clubs organised by Capital Football.

What?

The first part of the session is made up of warm-up skill sessions that focus on each training area including general movement, football coordination and football technique.

Then we play small-sided games between teams within the grade. 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 see us using laminated games guides from the framework each Saturday.

Teams

Teams of around 7 are usually grouped with players from the same schools and/or area. Small sided games are either between 4 or 5 players on each side.

Register your player

Registrations open in February and March each year.
Find out how to register and pay online
2018 season’s fees are $100. 

Gear

We supply the playing strips (tops or shirts) each morning and collect them back in at the end of the morning.

You’ll need shin pads, boots and UHCF socks available at Maidstone Sports, in The Mall, Upper Hutt or via footballcentral.co.nz.

Game rules

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, offsides, corners.
  • Kick/dribble in instead of throw-ins.
  • Attacking team returns to halfway for a goal kick.

Tournaments

There are a few tournaments around the region throughout the season where we create combined teams of players that are usually put forward by each team coach and the grade manager. Ask your coach for more info.  

Parent coaches

We have a number of parents volunteer each season to act as coaches to look after a team throughout the season– and we’re always to keen to find some more. The role is far more about children than football. There’s a ready-made toolkit to work with and we always love coaches who are keen to let the kids’ imagination go crazy. Everyone coaching is a parent of a 7th grader. Please let us know if you’re keen. 

Cancellations

We play in all weather. The turf allows us to. The rule of thumb is we’ll always play-on and if it’s particularly bad then we’ll call it off. Otherwise, expect to get an email before 7:15am. Cancellations will also be posted on our grade Facebook group as below.

Latest news

Join our grade Facebook group pages UHCF 7th Grade 2018 and UHCF 8th Grade 2018 and stay up with the latest on our club Facebook page.

Like to know more?

If there’s anything else you’d like to know please get in touch with us.

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