Northern New South Wales Football (NNSWF) in conjunction with Fun4Sports and Football Federations Australia (FFA) will pilot the first sanctioned football program in Northern NSW for players aged 18 months to 4 years starting in May.
This program will be conducted as a MiniRoos Kick-Off program delivered by Fun4Sports and will give toddlers an introduction to football through safe, age appropriate and most importantly football fun activities.
Fun4Sports is a Newcastle based company employing qualified community coaches who have a proven track record of delivering quality programs.
With over 30 years combined experience between them in delivering football programs, Fun4Sports coaches have both the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to provide a high quality football experience to young children.
This collaboration between Member Federation, Local Clubs and a Private Provider in the delivery of an under 4’s program is the only one of its kind in Australia and it will allow footballers under the age of 4 to become part of the football family for the first time.
It was a key strategic initiative that was identified in the NNSWF 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.
“Providing opportunities for players under the age of 4 to participate in sanctioned football is identified within our new Strategic Plan and it is something very important to us,” NNSWF Chief Executive Officer, David Eland said.
“We get numerous enquiries from parents looking for us to provide opportunities for players of all ages to participate and this is a further way that we are able to facilitate this and continue to provide participation for boys and girls of all ages,” Eland concluded.
NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes is eager to see the results that will come out of the new partnership.
“The challenge in this space is to ensure that the deliverers are highly trained, experienced and skilled to ensure these young players and their parents have a positive football experience. I’m confident that we have found such a deliverer in Fun4Sports and look forward to seeing positive results emanating from this pilot program,” Haynes said.
Shaun Fitzgibbon, Director and brainchild of Fun4Sports is excited to be delivering the AIA MiniRoos Kick-Off program in partnership with NNSWF and FFA.
“All coaches hold a minimum grassroots level coaching certificate, working with children’s check, and with many coaches playing in the local PlayStation 4 National Premier League competition, the quality of our coaches speaks for itself.”
“More importantly Fun4Sports coaches deliver their program in a fun, animated and high energy way with a key component of our programming being parent involvement. Fun4Sports coaches not only coach the child, but the parent as well. We are so excited to get on board and start the program,” Fitzgibbon concluded.
The AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off Pilot 18mths to 4yr programs will be held at the following venues:
- Weekday mornings 9:30am at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point
- Saturday morning 9:30am at Hunter Sports High, Gateshead
- Saturday mornings from 8.30am Maitland FC, Metford
- Saturday morning from 8:30am Broadmeadow Magic Juniors FC, Adamstown