With the vision to be the largest and most popular sport in Australia, Football Australia and Northern NSW Football introduced MiniRoos Kick-Off 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.
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 MiniRoos Kick-Off.
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 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.
MiniRoos Kick-Off can be hosted by Clubs prior to, during or after the season and is a great way to introduce children to the sport. If your club would like to host a MiniRoos Kick-Off site, contact Northern NSW Football, Program Officer Alex Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.