With the vision to be the largest and most popular sport in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has launched ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off as a key priority initiative to further grow participation in the game and convert participants to fans.
It uses short, game-based sessions to introduce the sport of football to newcomers in a fun and inclusive way and provides grassroots football participants with more playing options and opportunities to try the world game.
ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off has been developed in line with the game-sense philosophy of sport participation. This approach to sport delivery emphasises a move away from traditional coach dominated sessions to those that are player-centred, using game-like situations rather than technical drills.
This type of environment teaches the fundamentals of a sport in a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment that focuses on enjoyment rather than results. It should be no surprise to parents that the more fun their child has, the more likely they are to continue playing. This is the overarching tenet that guides ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off.
ALDI MiniRoos Kick- Off is available for children aged 4-6 and 7-9 years old with a 45 minute session of fun and interactive football based games.
Benefits of ALDI MiniRoos Kick Off
- Fun, football game-based sessions that build fundamental motor skills;
- Non-competitive activities to improve confidence and self esteem
- Low participant-to-coach ratio resulting in greater individual engagement;
- Experience the football basics
- Merchandise packs for new participants, including backpack, ball and more.
Locations & Registration
Northern NSW Football program locations are:
Lochinvar – Mondays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Nabiac – Thursdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Port Macquarie – Wednesdays, 5.00pm – 5.45pm
Tamworth – Wednesdays, 4.00pm – 4.45pm
Armidale – Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Speers Point – Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Coffs Harbour – Tuesdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Nelson Bay – Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Ballina – Tuesdays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Mullumbimby – Mondays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Member Club facilitated programs are:
New Lambton – Thursdays, 4.00pm – 4.45pm
Garden Suburb – Mondays, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
What to wear/bring:
Participants can wear either football boots or joggers/sandshoes.
- Participants must wear shin pads
- Participants must bring their MiniRoos Ball to each sessions
- Drink bottle
Each MiniRoos Kick- Off centre has a dedicated centre coordinator. These centre coordinators are the parents and participants point of contact and are there to ensure all sessions run smoothly and efficiently.
Their role within the program is too:
- Promote the program locally and through existing networks;
- Be the point of contact for parents and participants
- Manage Program Leaders
- Manage the operational aspects of the program, including equipment, program set-up, facility management, and program delivery; and
- Work with the Northern NSW Football to manage all program enquiries.
Centre coordinators are all accredited coaches
Program Leader (coaches):
Are facilitators of fun football practices, each program leader will be responsible for a group of 10 participants, and will stick with that group for the duration of the program.
Their role within the program is too:
- Plan, prepare, deliver, and review each and every session;
- Keep the games moving fluently, limiting stoppages and encouraging all players;
- Create an environment that ensures all players have fun and have maximum involvement; and
- Be flexible, patient and positive.
Each program leader has undertaken a Grassroots Football Coaching certificate and is able to offer your child the best possible football experience while gaining confidence and learning new football skills.
MiniRoos Kick-Off Session Plan
Each week the program leaders will run their session based on the ALDI MiniRoos session plans provided by FFA. There are two session plans for kids aged 4-6 and 7-9. The session plans have been developed to ensure your child gets the most benefit out of every session, enabling them to gain confidence while learning new skills and having fun!
It should be noted that MiniRoos Kick-off is not “technically oriented” and is based on fun game like practices to encourage participation in and enjoyment of football.
Can I register my child by herself or with friends?
MiniRoos Kick-Off allows individual registrations. If you would like to register with friends, you can notify the program manager via email with a list of friends your child would like to be grouped with. However, we can not accommodate for large age differences in the same group due to the nature of the program.
I can’t attend all session, am I still able to register?
Yes, the program has been designed so that each week focuses on a different aspect. Missing a week will not affect the overall running and benefit of the program. However we ask that you please notify your program leader that you will not be attending.
How do I register for MiniRoos Kick-Off?
Registration is completed online via Fox Sports Pulse. Payment is via credit or debit card. To register please follow this link
If you are having trouble registering please contact Northern NSW Football on (02) 4941 7200
What does my Registration Fee include?
The registration fee Includes
- 6-10 week ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off program
- FFA Sport Accident Insurance
- ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off participant pack (Back pack, Ball, Drink Bottle, player cards, poster)
In some locations for an additional $20 you can purchase a MiniRoos Jersey.
What about refunds?
If you require a refund you must notify the program administrator in writing no later than 14 days prior to the start of the program. You acknowledge and agree that FFA and Northern NSW Football are not required to refund the registration fee in full if you have not provided the aforementioned notice. Following cancellation, you and your child will have no entitlement to participating in the program or receive the participant pack.
If you are seeking a refund after the above period, extenuating circumstances will be judged on their own merit and refunds paid at the discretion of Northern NSW Football in accordance to the MiniRoos Kick- Off terms and conditions. Refunds will not be given for change of mind once your child has participated in the program.
What time should we arrive?
Participants should arrive at the centre at least 10 minutes before the program is scheduled to start, this will ensure maximum time participating in program activities.
What time will the program end?
The program will run for 45 minutes.
In some cases the program will run for 60 minutes, please confirm with your program coordinator and coach.
Are parents required to stay each week?
No, parents are able to drop off their children and return when the program is over. However it is recommended that parents watch the sessions so they are better able to engage with their child after the program has ceased.
Please note that if you leave for the duration of the program you MUST return by the time the program ends.
What happens in the event of wet weather or extreme heat?
A MiniRoos Kick- Off session may be cancelled for the below three (3) reasons. In all instances you will be contacted via SMS to notify you of the session being cancelled, however in some cases the session may be cancelled at the start of or during the session.
- Council ground closure due to heavy or constant rain.
In the event persistent or heavy rain which has caused council to determine grounds to be unfit for use, you will be contacted via email and SMS. Please note some council close their grounds as late as 3.30/4pm. We will endeavour to notify you as early as possible if the session has been cancelled. If you are unsure please contact your local council’s wet weather hotline or check their wet weather webpage.
- Excessive heat over 32 degrees at the commencement of the session
In accordance to Northern NSW Footballs Heat Policy, all MiniRoos Kick-Off programs will be cancelled if the temperature at the commencement of the program is over 32 degrees. With higher temperatures now occurring more frequently consideration must be given to the effects of heat and humidity on elite and amateur athletes and particularly children involved in football activities.
- Lightning within a 10k radius of the venue.
In accordance with Northern NSW Football Lightning Policy, if a thunderstorms occur, the centre coordinator will use the ‘30-30’ rule to determine the distance of the storm and take appropriate action to suspend activity if less than 10km away.