Skill Centre

Western Springs runs it’s own skill centre providing kids from 5 to 12 years with opportunities to develop key technical skills and decision making in a series of sessions throughout each term.

The focus is on having fun and learning in a safe environment alongside other players of a similar age.  The Springs Skill Centre runs during the middle 8 weeks of each term and provides opportunities for players to develop their individual skills year round.

Coaches include our Football Development Manager (Andy Vernon), Football Development Officer (Matt Upton), specialist GK coaches and other club male and female coaches who are educated up to the NZF Advanced Junior Level 3.

Mini Skills

Boys and Girls from 5th to 8th Grade

Mini Skills sessions focus on having fun and growing the love of the game. They will provide the kids with the opportunity to get lots of touches of the ball and improve their ability to play the ball with different parts of the foot. Each session will also allow the kids to develop their decision making skills through activities and small sided games (1v1, 2v2, 3v3) and will focus on key skills including:

• Receiving the ball  •  Striking the ball (passing and shooting)  •  Travelling with the ball  •  1v1 (attack and defence)

If you have any questions about Mini Skills please contact our Football Development Officer, Matt Upton fdo@wsafc.org.nz

Term 4 Sessions

Mixed 5-8 yrs
Tuesdays
– 4pm to 5pm, Field 5
22 October to 10 December

Wednesdays – 4pm to 5pm, Field 5
23 October to 11 December

Fridays - 4pm to 5pm, Field 5
25 October to 13 December

Girls 7-8yrs
Wednesdays - 4pm to 5pm
23 October to 11 December

What is the cost?

Register for either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays to get 8 sessions for $100


Springs Skill Centre OPEN

Boys and Girls from 9th to 12th Grades

During the skill acquisition phase (9 to 12 years), junior players are encouraged to take part in weekly trainings in addition to a game. The Springs Skill Centre OPEN is for all players aged 9-12 years to attend alongside players of a similar age, aiming to develop key skills in an enjoyable environment that encourages player development. The Springs Skills Centre offers a structured programme aligned with New Zealand Football that aims to develop:

• Four core attacking skills (striking the ball - receiving the ball - travelling with the ball - 1v1)
• Four core defending skills (marking - pressing - interception - tackling)
• Two constants of positioning and communication

If you have any questions about the Springs Skill Centre Open please contact our Football Development Manager, Andy Vernon fdm@wsafc.org.nz

Term 4 Sessions

Girls 9th/10th Grade
Tuesdays – 4pm to 5pm, Field 6
22nd October to 10th December

Fridays – 4pm to 5pm, Field 6
25th October to 13th December

Girls 11th/12th Grade
Tuesdays
– 5:15pm to 6:15pm, Field 6
22nd October to 10th December

Mixed 9th/10th Grade
Wednesdays
– 4pm to 5pm, Field 6
23rd October to 11th December

Mixed 11th/12th Grade

Wednesdays – 4pm to 5pm, Field 1
23rd October to 11th December

What is the cost?

All skill centre sessions run for 8 weeks and are $80


Springs Skill Centre PLUS

Invitation Only - Boys and Girls from 9th to 12th Grades

This is invite only with players aged 8-12 years being invited to train together in age/ability matched groups to develop their technical skills and tactical knowledge with and against players of similar abilities. This will help to accelerate player development as players will need to perform at a higher level.


Springs Goalkeeper Skill Centre

Boys and Girls from 9th to 12th Grades

We encourage all players with an interest in goalkeeping to develop their skills and love of playing as a goalkeeper by attending our Goalkeeper Skill Centre.  These sessions are open to all players aged 9-12 years who can attend alongside players of a similar age, aiming to develop key goalkeeping skills in an enjoyable environment that encourages player development.

If you have any questions about the Goalkeeper Skill Centre please contact our Football Development Officer, Matt Upton fdo@wsafc.org.nz

Term 4 Sessions

9-12th Grade
Tuesday option – 4pm to 5pm, Field 1 (end nearest grass field)
22nd October to 10th December

9-12th Grade
Friday option – 4pm to 5pm, Field 1 (end nearest grass field)
25th October to 13th December

13+ Grade
Friday option – 5:15pm to 6:15pm, Field 1 (end nearest grass field)
25th October to 13th December

What is the cost?

All Goalkeeper skill centre sessions run for 8 weeks and are $120

Register through MyComet

  1. Log into MY COMET using your username and password sent to you from New Zealand Football. https://mycomet-oceania.analyticom.de/en_NZ/login or if it’s your first time then create a new account.
  2. Go to Register (left hand side)
  3. Click on the dropdown arrow and search the list of sellers to find Western Springs AFC
  4. A list of current registration products will show up for you to view. To register, click the + button on the appropriate session and proceed to payment. IMPORTANT: Please check that you have chosen the correct football product for the age of the player.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your payment has gone through.
  6. Your registration for the Springs Skill Centre programme will be accepted by WSAFC.
  7. Attend the sessions ready to learn and have some fun!