First Kicks aims to provide an enjoyable introduction to the “most popular game in the world”, by giving kid’s the foundations skills to take them to the next stage, in friendly environment, with the emphasis on fun.
First Kicks is a great way for kids aged 3 – 6 to play football and have fun. Kids are placed in small teams with trained coaches and junior mentors where they will develop their skills and learn football techniques through fun themed games.
6th grade teams take part in the First Kicks World Cup. Each year from the 6th Grade two teams are selected to represent the First Kicks at the Western Suburbs end of season tournament, playing against 7th grade teams.
First Kicks play on Sunday mornings from 8.30am.
What You Will Need
• Shin pads are essential- no shin pads, no game
• Socks your child will need long socks to hold the shin pads in place
• Shorts or track-pants
• Adequate footwear – football boots or training shoes are preferred (no gum boots)
• Water bottle – a full drink bottle is an essential
• Warm clothing for after the session
Shirts and footballs are provided – shirts are individually numbered and allocated, please return these to your coach at the end of the season to avoid being invoiced for the replacement cost.
Club colours are black shorts and red socks; however, you do not need these for First Kicks, if you are planning to purchase new kit it may pay to get the right colour for when your child moves up to the 7th grade.
Coaches will award a Player of the Day for their team who receives:
• A certificate to keep
• Their photo taken to be posted on our Facebook page
Please feel free to provide lots of positive encouragement from the sidelines because it is the best way to support the team and your child. We would also encourage you to teach your child to play by the rules, respect game officials and respect others; it is as important as learning the skills necessary to successfully play a sport.
Loss of Interest
Kids will occasionally lose interest and not want to take part. This is OK; it’s happen to all of us at some stage. If this does occur let them come back in their own time.
Every now and again kids will become upset and disruptive. If this does occur the coach will intervene to address the behaviour, as a parent we would ask you to support your coaches’ actions.
We cannot run First Kicks without those willing to get involved as coaches. It is a fun and rewarding way to spend your Sunday mornings. Each year we run pre-season and mid-season training courses for our coaches. Want to be a First Kicks coach? Check out this information here.
If coaching is not your thing, but you would love to help please let us know, we need Managers, sausage sizzlers and people with ideas to make it fun for the kids. Please contact us for more information.
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