Welcome to the Junior Section of the Ferrymead Bays website.
Hopefully you will be able to find all relevant Junior Section information here.
If not please contact our Junior Administrator Ren Cameron.
CANCELLATION - First Kicks and Fun Football cancelled today Saturday 20th April due to wet weather.
IMPORTANT - First Kicks and Fun Football 2013
This will still begin tomorrow, Saturday 6th April, at Ferrymead Park at 9am.
The news of most junior football being cancelled tomorrow due to CCC not marking the grounds does not affect our in-house First Kicks and Fun Football programme.
Ferrymead Bays Juniors 2013
In 2013 Ferrymead Bays aims to further build on its successes from 2012. Through the Whole of Football programme there is currently quite a drive on in New Zealand and Christchurch to offer more football and a better quality experience for our junior players and in line with that we are pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Manners as our Junior Coaching Coordinator for 2013. Sam is a secondary PE teacher and has a strong background in football, particularly in the area of junior coaching and leadership. He has worked in England, Australia and most recently with Mainland Football here in Christchurch.
Sam will be responsible for several areas within the club:
Overseeing First Kicks and Fun Football on Saturday mornings and coordinating a mid-week Fun Football practice.
Overseeing the Academy programme.
Developing off-season and holiday programmes.
Providing support to all of our Game Leaders and junior coaches.
Our first initiative will be to offer a summer football programme for Term 1 2013. This will be on Mondays 4.30 to 5.30 at Barnett Park, beginning 4th February, open to juniors of all ages.
Cost is $5 per session or $40 for the term.
Specifically, regarding 12th grade in 2013, we are pleased to advise that we will have Chris Murphy, Roy Myatt and Konrad Lilly in charge of our 12th A, B and C teams respectively in 2013.
Our longer term plan is to take a 13th A squad to play 11 a side in the Kanga Cup in Canberra in 2014 so we're planning to get organised early on this.
Ren Cameron, Junior Club Captain.
Ferrymead Bays Juniors 2012
At Ferrymead Bays we are committed to developing the Junior Framework, which is part of the new New Zealand "Whole of Football" initiative.
Please click on this link to take you through to the NZ Football site and understand the "Whole of Football" in more depth.
The whole concept is for children to be involved in training and games that meet their stage of development. Their football experience should include many football touches, be progressive, age-appropriate, of a high quality, fun and rewarding for them.
What it means for your young footballer at Ferrymead Bays:
First Kicks (4- 6 year olds)
Saturday mornings involve organised sessions run by our First Kicks Coordinator Humphrey Archer with the help of trained Game Leaders. There are several activity stations of around 10 minutes each, teaching general movement, football coordination and football technique, and incorporating small-sided (4-5 per side) games involving all children. Approximately 1 hour in total.
Fun Football (7-8 year olds)
Saturday mornings are an advance from First Kicks in the nature of the activities involved and a greater emphasis on small-sided games. Led by our Fun Football Coordinator Joel Pinto and Game Leaders, activity stations concentrate on movement, football coordination and technique, and incorporate 2 x 20 minute small-sided games. Recognising that this age-group includes children who played competitively for 7th grade last year, this programme may be adapted to include team competitions and tournaments. Training day programmes may also be available to cater for 7 and 8 years mid-week practice requirements with appropriate Game Leader support.
9th grade upwards
Junior and youth grades play Saturday competitions in organised team formats.
It is important to understand that the "Whole of Football Plan" is in its second year of implementation in New Zealand. Last year First Kicks was piloted, this year it is First Kicks and Fun Football, and over the next 3 years the complete programme will be rolled out. So it’s a transition time right now but ultimately future footballers in New Zealand will improve after building a successful foundation for their lifelong enjoyment of the game. Game Leaders will be trained through resources provided by New Zealand Football.
Thank you for being involved with Ferrymead Bays Football in 2012 – enjoy the year!