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5th & 6th GRADE Born 2013 to 2014

Our youngest members are introduced to football through ‘First Kicks’ – part of New Zealand Football’s Junior Framework. The players learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment, taking part in weekly sessions that provide wide ranging benefits:

  • Social & Emotional – lots of interaction, enjoyment
  • Technical & Tactical – lots of touches, 1v1s, attacking & defending
  • Physical – develop Functional Movement Patterns, more active
  • Mental – lots of opportunities for success and for decision making

5th Grade Coordinator – TBC

6th Grade Coordinator – Racheal Monks – racheal.monks@gmail.com

WHO

Boys and Girls born in 2013 and 2014

WHAT

In-house: Whole of Football – First Kicks

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road.  The field layouts are available on maps at the clubrooms and available on the ‘Western Springs AFC’ app

WHEN

  • Saturday mornings 8am to 9am + 1 practice (at coach’s discretion)
  • First session: 6th April
  • No Whole of Football on the following holiday dates: 20th April, 27th April, 1st June, 20th July, 27th July
  • Final session: 31st August

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks. These can be purchased from Lotto.
They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

TEAMS

Maximum of 8 players per team

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

Where possible the Grade Coordinator will select teams based upon requests; early requests are easier to meet.  They will also consider schools and addresses.  Teams are usually announced during mid March and will be sent out by the Grade Coordinator.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.

Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach.  These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop their football skills in a safe and fun way.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviours, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

Saturday mornings: Whole of Football – First Kicks

PITCH

25m x 17m (1/16th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

FORMAT

  • 4 x 8 minute station rotation activities as a team (moving clockwise)
  • 2 x 8 minute small-sided 3v3 or 4v4 games against other teams

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of pitches and station activities will be made available on our App usually at least 2 days in advance. All teams will rotate through the same 4 rotation activities each Saturday morning, with laminated activity cards made available for use.  Digital versions of these activity cards will also be available throughout the season for use during training.

For the Saturday mornings to run smoothly, one coach should run the station rotation activity and another coach should follow the team around each of the 4 stations.  The manager (or other parent) will at times need to act as a Pod Coordinator.

4 teams will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch and have a Pod Coordinator.  Each 1/4 pitch will have 4 equally sized pitches (25m x 17m).

The Pod Coordinator will collect (and wear) a Pod Coordinator vest and 4 station activity cards from our Whole of Football Coordinator in the clubrooms, approximately 15 minutes prior to the session.  They will then allocate a station activity card to each team, who will need to mark out their own area and set up their allocated activity.  At the end of the session, the Pod Coordinator collects the 4 activity cards in and returns them along with the vest back to the Whole of Football Coordinator.

RULES

  • Players are encouraged to enjoy being in possession of the ball; the focus is on having fun and participation.
  • There are no throw-ins, goal kicks, corners, free kicks or kick offs.
  • If the ball goes out of play or a goal is scored, coaches are encouraged to throw a ball back onto the pitch.
  • All players play in the games.  Coaches should try to ensure games are relatively evenly matched.  If one team has more players that the opposition then the coaches can monitor the game and balance the teams as fairly as possible by sharing players.
  • Team coaches will be on the field to encourage players and their positive behaviours.  Coaches should encourage all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.


7th GRADE Born 2012

Our youngest members are introduced to football through ‘Fun Football’ – part of New Zealand Football’s Junior Framework. The players learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment, taking part in weekly sessions that provide wide ranging benefits:

  • Social & Emotional – lots of interaction, enjoyment
  • Technical & Tactical – lots of touches, 1v1s, attacking & defending
  • Physical – develop Functional Movement Patterns, more active
  • Mental – lots of opportunities for success and for decision making

7th Grade Coordinator – Nicole Roe – nicole.wsafc@gmail.com

WHO

Boys and Girls born in 2012

WHAT

In-house: Whole of Football – Fun Football

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road.  The field layouts are available on maps at the clubrooms and available on the ‘Western Springs AFC’ app

WHEN

  • Saturday mornings 9am to 10am + 1 practice (at coach’s discretion)
  • First session: 6th April
  • No Whole of Football on the following holiday dates: 20th April, 27th April, 1st June, 20th July, 27th July
  • Final session: 31st August

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks.  These can be purchased from Lotto.
They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

TEAMS

Maximum of 8 players per team

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

Where possible the Grade Coordinator will select teams based upon requests; early requests are easier to meet.  They will also consider schools and addresses.  Teams are usually announced during mid March and will be sent out by the Grade Coordinator.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.
Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach. These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviours, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

Saturday mornings: Whole of Football – Fun Football

PITCH

25m x 17m (1/16th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

FORMAT

  • 4 x 8 minute station rotation activities as a team (moving clockwise)
  • 2 x 8 minute small-sided 3v3 or 4v4 games against other teams

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of pitches and station activities will be made available on our App usually at least 2 days in advance. All teams will rotate through the same 4 rotation activities each Saturday morning, with laminated activity cards made available for use.  Digital versions of these activity cards will also be available throughout the season for use during training.

For the Saturday mornings to run smoothly, one coach should run the station rotation activity and another coach should follow the team around each of the 4 stations.  The manager (or other parent) will at times need to act as a Pod Coordinator.

4 teams will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch and have a Pod Coordinator.
Each 1/4 pitch will have 4 equally sized pitches (25m x 17m).

The Pod Coordinator will collect (and wear) a Pod Coordinator vest and 4 station activity cards from our Whole of Football Coordinator in the clubrooms, approximately 15 minutes prior to the session.  They will then allocate a station activity card to each team, who will need to mark out their own area and set up their allocated activity.  At the end of the session, the Pod Coordinator collects the 4 activity cards in and returns them along with the vest back to the Whole of Football Coordinator.

RULES

  • Players are encouraged to enjoy being in possession of the ball; the focus is on having fun and participation.
  • There are no throw-ins, goal kicks, corners, free kicks or kick offs.
  • If the ball goes out of play or a goal is scored, coaches are encouraged to throw a ball back onto the pitch.
  • All players play in the games.  Coaches should try to ensure games are relatively evenly matched.  If one team has more players that the opposition then the coaches can monitor the game and balance the teams as fairly as possible by sharing players.
  • Team coaches will be on the field to encourage players and their positive behaviour.  Coaches should encourage all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.


8th GRADE Born 2011

Our youngest members are introduced to football through ‘Fun Football’ – part of New Zealand Football’s Junior Framework. The players learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment, taking part in weekly sessions that provide wide ranging benefits:

  • Social & Emotional – lots of interaction, enjoyment
  • Technical & Tactical – lots of touches, 1v1s, attacking & defending
  • Physical – develop Functional Movement Patterns, more active
  • Mental – lots of opportunities for success and for decision making

8th Grade Coordinators – Renai MacPherson – renai.macpherson@y7mail.com

WHO

Boys and Girls born in 2011

WHAT

In-house: Whole of Football – Fun Football

8th Grade players can choose to either:

  • Play for a team in our 8th grade in-house league
  • Trial for a development team and if selected play for a team in the 9th/10th Grade Mixed In-house league  on Sunday mornings – See 9/10th Grade In-house for more information

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road.  The field layouts are available on maps at the clubrooms and available on the ‘Western Springs AFC’ app

WHEN

  • Friday evenings 6pm to 7pm + 1 practice (at coach’s discretion)
  • First session: 5th April
  • No Whole of Football on the following holiday dates: 19th April, 26th April, 31st May, 12th July, 19th July
  • Final session: 30th August

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks.  These can be purchased from Lotto.
They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

TEAMS

8 to 10 players per team

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

Where possible the Grade Coordinator will select teams based upon requests; early requests are easier to meet.  They will also consider schools and addresses.  Teams are usually announced during mid March and will be sent out by the Grade Coordinator.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.  

Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach.  These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviour, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

Friday evenings: Whole of Football – Fun Football

PITCH

30m x 24m (1/8th of a pitch) with 2m x 1m goals

FORMAT

  • 1 x 7 minute warm-up activity with coach
  • 2 x 7 minute rotation activities as a team (swapping with opposing team)
    • Football Coordination
    • Football Technique
  • 2 x 16 minute small-sided 5v5 or 4v4 games – against each half of opposing team

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of pitches and rotation activities will be made available on our App usually at least 2 days in advance.  2 teams will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch. Each 1/4 pitch will have 2 equally sized pitches (30m x 24m).  Coaches should make pitches smaller if it is 3v3.

A coach from each team should collect 1 station activity card and 1 Fit4football card from our Whole of Football Coordinator in the clubrooms, approximately 15 minutes prior to the session.  Each team then marks out their own area and sets up their allocated station activity.  At the end of the session, all coaches return their cards to the Whole of Football Coordinator.  Digital versions of these activity cards will also be available throughout the season for use during training.

For the Friday evenings to run smoothly, for each team one coach should run the rotation activity and another coach should follow the team to the other activity.

RULES

  • Players are encouraged to enjoy being in possession of the ball; the focus is on having fun and participation.
  • Goal kicks and corners can be introduced.  For goal kicks, encourage opposition players to retreat back into their own half to allow the team in possession to pass the ball out to begin their attack.  Allow kick-ins rather than throw-ins when the ball goes out at the side of the pitch. When a goal is scored, encourage the scoring team to retreat to their own half and allow the conceding team to restart from their goal.
  • All players play in the games.  Coaches should try to ensure games are relatively evenly matched.  If one team has more players that the opposition then the coaches can monitor the game and balance the teams as fairly as possible by sharing players.
  • Team coaches will be on the field to encourage players and their positive behaviours.  Coaches should encourage all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony and provide encouragement to all players.


9th & 10th GRADE Born 2009 to 2010

The focus for these grades is on developing their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment.  They play 7v7 either for one of our in-house teams in our in-house league or for one of our development teams playing against other clubs throughout Auckland in an Auckland Football Federation (AFF) league.

9th Grade Coordinator – Spencer & Claire Turner – Spencerandclaire@gmail.com

10th Grade Coordinator – Majella McIntosh – majellawsfc@gmail.com

WHO

Boys and Girls born in 2009 and 2010

WHAT

9th and 10th Grade players can choose to either:

  • Trial for a development team and if selected play for one of these teams:
    • 9th Grade Girls (Saturday mornings)
    • 9th Grade Mixed (Saturday mornings)
    • 10th Grade Girls (Saturday mornings)
    • 10th Grade Mixed (Saturday mornings)
  • Play for a team in our 9th/10th grade in-house league on Sundays

9th & 10th Grade Development Teams: Auckland Football Federation (AFF) competitions

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road or other club locations throughout Auckland (e.g. usually as far as Drury to the south and Bucklands Beach to the east) 

WHEN

  • Games – Saturday mornings 9am to 1pm
  • Development team training – 2 practice (1 practice will be to a club run Skill Centre Plus session)
  • All other teams – 1 practice (at the discretion of the coach)

TEAMS

Maximum of 10 players per team

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks.  These can be purchased from Lotto.
They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

PITCH

Training Pitch or 1/4 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals

FORMAT & RULES

  • 7v7 games including Goalkeepers
  • 2 x 25 minute halves with 5 minute half time
  • Goal kicks must be taken on the floor by passing out to a team mate
  • Throw-ins, free-kicks and penalties introduced
  • Only blatant offsides awarded for ‘seagulling’
  • The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use:

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

The Football Development Manager and Football Development Officer will select Development Teams, and take into consideration performances during trials, during year round football programmes and feedback from other club coaches.

Development Teams are usually announced during late February / early March and will be sent out by the Football Development Manager.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.  

Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach.  These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviour, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

PREMIER COACHES

Western Springs AFC is committed to continuing to improve the level of coaching at the Club. Where the Club is able to provide a suitably qualified non-parent coach for any Premier Development team, there will be an additional fee required to cover the expenses of this coach.

Parent coaches should be willing to complete the NZ Football Junior Level 2 course (if not already completed) – funded by the club.

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of fixtures and field locations will be published by the competition organisers – Auckland Football Federation (AFF) – on their website.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony.  Provide encouragement to all players but leave specific football comments to the coach.

Those interested in playing an active role supporting the players could:

  • be the team manager – helping with organising trainings, games, etc
  • be the team coach – taking training and supporting the football experience for the kids during games
  • enrol on a Club Based Referee (CBR) course so they can referee games
  • run the line as an Assistant Referee

9th & 10th Grade In-house: Sunday mornings

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road.  The field layouts are available on maps at the clubrooms and available on the ‘Western Springs AFC’ app

WHEN

  • Sunday mornings 9am to 10am or 10am to 11am + 1 practice (at coach’s discretion)
  • First session: 7th April
  • No Whole of Football on the following holiday dates: 22nd April, 29th April, 3rd June, 15th July, 22nd July 21st April, 28th April, 2nd June, 14th July, 21st July
  • Final session: 1st September

TEAMS

Maximum of 10 players per team

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks.  These can be purchased from Lotto.

They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

PITCH

Training Pitch or 1/4 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals

FORMAT & RULES

  • 7v7 games including Goalkeepers
  • 2 x 25 minute halves with 5 minute half time
  • Goal kicks must be taken on the floor by passing out to a team mate
  • Throw-ins, free-kicks and penalties introduced
  • Only blatant offsides awarded for ‘seagulling’
  • The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use:

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

Where possible the Grade Coordinator will select teams based upon requests; early requests are easier to meet.  They will also consider schools and addresses.  Teams are usually announced during mid March and will be sent out by the Grade Coordinator.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.  

Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach.  These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviour, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of fixtures and pitches will be made available on our App usually at least 2 days in advance.

1 fixture will be allocated to each 1/4 pitch.

Teams will play approximately 6-7 grading fixtures and then be placed in an appropriate division.

Post-grading Divisions will be organised after grading and will likely begin on Sunday 9th or 16th June.

Results should be emailed to the Grade Coordinator by 4pm on the Sunday.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony.  Provide encouragement to all players but leave specific football comments to the coach.


11th to 12th GRADE Born 2007 to 2008

The focus for these grades is on developing their skills as part of a team playing in a safe and friendly environment. All teams play 9v9 against other clubs throughout Auckland in an Auckland Football Federation (AFF) league.

11th Grade Coordinator – Jo Lloyd – josie5star5@gmail.com
12th Grade Coordinator – Paul Speary – paul.speary@nice1.co.nz

WHO

Boys and Girls born in 2007 and 2008

WHAT

11th Grade players can choose to either:

  • Trial for a development team selected by FDM and FDO
  • Play for a team selected by the Grade Coordinator and FDM – taking on player requests

11th Grade players can choose to either:

  • Trial for a development team selected by the FDM and FDO
  • Play for a team selected by the Grade Coordinator and FDM – taking on player requests

WHERE

Seddon Fields, Meola Road or other club locations throughout Auckland (e.g. usually as far as Drury to the south and Bucklands Beach to the east) 

WHEN

Games – Saturday mornings 9am to 1pm
Development team training – 2 practice (1 practice with team coach and 1 will be an invitation to a club run Skill Centre Plus session)
All other teams – 1-2 practice (1 practice with the team coach and an opportunity to attend a club run Skill Centre Open session)

TEAMS

Maximum of 12 players per team

 

KIT

All players should wear Springs shirt, shorts and socks. These can be purchased from Lotto.
They should also wear turf boots and shin pads.

PITCH

Training Pitch or 1/2 of a full pitch with 4m x 2m goals

FORMAT & RULES

  • 9v9 games including Goalkeepers
  • 2 x 25 minute halves with 5 minute half time
  • Goal kicks must be taken on the floor by passing out to a team mate
  • Throw-ins, free-kicks and penalties introduced
  • Offsides awarded as per FIFA rules
  • The ‘retreating line’ rules are in use:

ORGANISATION OF TEAMS

The Football Development Manager and Football Development Officer will select Development Teams, and take into consideration performances both during trials and during term 4 and 1 High Performance Programmes (HPP) and Skill Centre Programmes.  Development Teams are usually announced during late February / early March and will be sent out by the Football Development Manager. All other teams will be announced by the Grade Coordinator during early / mid March.

COACHES/MANAGERS

Each team requires volunteer coaches and a manager, and is provided with a kit bag at the start of the season which contains size 3 balls, cones and bibs.  All coaches and managers should wear turf boots on the turf.  

Coaches should be willing to complete a Junior Coaching Course which will be held at Springs and at no expense to the coach.  These usually require you to attend just one session and will help you with ideas on how to help the kids develop.

Team Coaches should encourage positive behaviour, and all players to perform different skills and roles within the team.

PREMIER COACHES

Western Springs AFC is committed to continuing to improve the level of coaching at the Club. Where the Club is able to provide a suitably qualified non-parent coach for any Premier Development team, there will be an additional fee required to cover the expenses of this coach.

Parent coaches should be willing to complete the NZ Football Junior Level 2 course (if not already completed) – funded by the club.

ORGANISATION

The weekly allocation of fixtures and field locations will be published on the Auckland Football Federation (AFF) website.

PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Should watch games from behind the fence or on the balcony.  Provide encouragement to all players but leave specific football comments to the coach.

Those interested in playing an active role supporting the players could:

  • be the team manager – helping with organising trainings, games, etc
  • be the team coach – taking training and supporting the football experience for the kids during games
  • enrol on a Club Based Referee (CBR) course so they can referee games
  • run the line as an Assistant Referee