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Coach Education for Youth Players

…a shout out to any youth players involved in, or thinking about getting involved in junior football… 

We hope you’re enjoying the quieter post-season months and looking forward to the summer break! We’ve got a great way for you to finish 2019 and start planning for football opportunities in 2020. 

At Springs, we are super keen to encourage and support you if you have an interest in coaching.  

We have lots of junior players at Springs aged 4 to 12 years.  Are you interested in helping out with a team in 2020?  Would you like to co-coach with a friend or older coach but know that learning a bit more about coaching younger kids would be helpful?  Would you like to learn more alongside others of a similar age – many of whom will be starting out also?  Would it be helpful to learn some training activities? 

Western Springs AFC will be running a 
‘Coach Education’ event specifically for aspiring youth aged coaches who have an interest in coaching junior players (aged 4-12).  We will be hosting this at Seddon Fields on Sunday 1st December from 9:45am to 2:30pm. There will be 2 parts to the morning:

NZF Junior Level 1 Coaching

This first step for new coaches provides information on how to organise a safe and fun football session for players aged 4-12 years. It also provides over 30 easy to follow coaching activities that players will not only enjoy, but learn from too. It is a great starting point for beginner coaches looking for friendly advice on how and what to coach your junior players.   Content covered:

  • The role of a game leader / coach
  • Introduction to football games & activities
  • Meeting the needs of junior footballers  
Fit4Football 11+ Kids

The 11+ Kids warm up ( is designed to be fun and effective for younger players to learn to move well and build upon their fundamental movement patterns for sport. The 7 Exercises can be progressed relative to the age and ability of the group you’re working with. Participation in this will certify you and give you the confidence to lead this with your own group.

What do I need to do?

The event is absolutely free so long as you agree to bring some energy! Both parts will be split between time in the clubrooms and time on the turf.  You will also receive some free resources linked to each part that you can take away and use.

We would like it to be a fun and enjoyable experience learning about how you could support younger kids with their football experience.  You do not need to have played football but an interest helps! Are you enthusiastic, patient and keen to help out with coaching or co-coaching a team? This could be on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays and/or during training on a weekday?

If you have any interest at all then please email Andy Vernon  with the below information about yourself:

– Full name
– Email
– Availability for Sunday 1 December from 9:45 – 2:30

Andy will confirm your place and respond to any questions you may have. Feel free to share this onto anybody else who may also be interested.