Mayfield United Junior Soccer Football Club and Maitland Football Club are the first two clubs in Northern NSW to have hosted the ALDI MiniRoos Kick Off Pilot Program for children between 3 and 4 years of age.
Northern NSW Football is the first Member Federation to take part in the official and accredited ALDI MiniRoos Kick Off Pilot Program which has attracted over 42 children to participate so far between the two participating clubs.
The program that uses animation and storytelling to bring simple football games to life, includes games designed to maximise touches on the ball to ensure each child develops fundamental motor skills.
The program promotes parent participation which allows greater interaction between parent/s and their children within a fun environment.
Northern NSW Football’s MiniRoos Coordinator, Tom Oldaker, says it is a great opportunity for children aged 3 and 4 to participate in football.
“Children at this age are starting to develop co-ordination and a sense of humour so by giving them a football and encouraging them to kick it around while pretending to be a racing car driver or a pirate is a great way to introduce them to the game and develop their skills,” Oldaker said.
“The program encourages parent participation which can have a significant impact on a child’s participation in sport. Parents who support their child’s participation in football can offer their child the encouragement and support they need to sustain their participation in football in the future.”
After a record season in 2016 with over 64,000 registered players playing across Northern NSW and season 2017 about to commence, the interest from players at a younger age is an indication of another record season ahead.
For more information on the program, please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about signing up to the program, please contact:
Laura at Mayfield United Junior Soccer Football Club at email@example.com
Evelyn at Maitland Junior Football Club at firstname.lastname@example.org