REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
As at 29 April 2022

Upper Hutt City Football - Fun Football (U7 &U8) proudly sponsored by Steve & Lesley, Bayley's Real Estate

When  

Saturdays 8:00 – 9:00am from 7 May through to early September.

No games in the middle weekend of the Term 2/3 school holidays (i.e. no games on 16/17 July).

Where  

Artificial football turf at Maidstone Park, Park Road (opposite Parapine ITM). 

Festival days happen every three or four weeks on Saturday mornings.  These events, organised by Capital Football, are where we travel to another Hutt Valley turf (e.g. Fraser Park or Petone) to play other teams from other clubs.

What

The first part of each 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 seven are usually grouped with players from the same schools and/or area. Small-sided games are either between four or five players on each side. When registering you can tell us if there are other kids your player would like to have as team-mates and we will try our best to accommodate those requests.

Register your player

Registrations are NOW CLOSED. If you have any registration queries, please contact Noel Raggett, Junior Captain, juniors@upperhuttcityfootball.org.nz

Registering for Fun Football will cost $110 per player for the season.

Gear

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

Players will need shin pads, boots, shorts and socks. While not compulsory, you can choose to purchase official UHCF socks and shorts 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 throughout the season where we put forward teams from each grade. Tournaments are generally played on Sundays during the season and maybe a Saturday or Sunday when the season ends. Ask your coach or grade manager 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.

If you’re keen to help on the field or with helping to keep things running smoothly on a Saturday please get in contact with the Junior Captain, Noel Raggett, juniors@upperhuttcityfootball.org.nz 

2022 preseason programme for Fun Football

The club will run pre-season sessions for children in Fun Football (U7-U8) to support a positive transition back into winter football. These sessions will start sometime in April.  More details on the specific dates and times will be published on the club website in mid-March and shared by grade managers with those who are registered or who have played in that grade previously.

Dispensations

From 2022 Capital Football has expanded the scope for age-based dispensations by allowing more flexibility for clubs to allow kids play up or down ½ a grade based on a number of factors. If you are considering applying for a dispensation for your child, please contact your grade manager in the first instance.

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 groups as below.

Latest news

Join our grade Facebook group pages and stay up with the latest on our club Facebook page.

U7 Facebook Group (2022 season) 
U8 Facebook Group (2022 season)

Like to know more?

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