First Weekend Success for Junior Football!
The first weekend of Junior Football kicked off this last weekend which the launch of the Whole of Football’s Junior Framework to approximately 5,000 Wellington kids. This included over 380 games scheduled for 9th-12th Grade and saw First Kicks (4-6 year olds) and Fun Football (7-8 year olds) run with Clubs. We also ran our first Fun Football Festival Day at Paekakariki for several Horowhenua-Kapiti Junior Clubs.
We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from coaches, parents and players around logistics, the format of the games, and most importantly, the fun had by players.
Drawing on proven football development programmes from around the world and adapted to New Zealand’s conditions, the Junior Framework is designed to provide children with a fun and rewarding experience at every stage, while developing their skills as football players.
In practical terms, this means for a lot of players smaller fields than last year and 2 or 4 small sided games instead of the traditional one game. Football Development Officer, Paul Greig, said “smaller fields encourage more touches on the ball and create more goal scoring opportunities. More touches, more opportunities, more often leads to a greater game understanding. This in turn takes the focus away from winning and more on creating a fun environment to help kids fall in love with the game.”
Marc Cramer from North Wellington, coaching a 7th Grade team for the first time, said “Well, that's my first day done as a [Fun Football] coach. 4 games, 2 draws and 2 losses. We came close to scoring on quite a few occasions but just couldn't put it away. Good fun was had though and at 7 years old that's a good thing :)”
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for the time and effort it took to make the weekend a success!