First Kicks is a New Zealand Football mandated programme that is part of the evolution of football in New Zealand. It is a programme that is part of the ‘Whole of Football Plan’ (WOFP) that is specific to 4-6 year olds (those turning 4, 5 or 6 in the year that they play).
When do we train/play?
Saturday mornings from 11.00am-12.00 noon on Wallace Park (the sports field next to Ruahine’s clubrooms), cnr Jickell St and Te Awe Awe St.
The programme on a typical Saturday will consist of be:
- 11.00am - Muster and assignment of grid groups at the RAFC clubrooms
- 11.10 - 11.45am - training in grids
- 11.50am - Re-muster for awards, club notices and dispersal
Who trains the kids?
Volunteers from the parent body who will be overseen by a coordinator from Ruahine AFC. Parents should expect to coach at least one session throughout the season.
How does it work?
The duty coach is responsible for running a grid of 8-10 players. Each coach will be supplied with the training exercises to develop players skills. Depending on player numbers, 3 or 4 drills will be run each week along with a small-sided game. Parents will be encouraged to support their child during these exercises in a positive manner.
How do I access TeamStuff?
An invitation to join your team will be emailed to you at around the time your team is established prior to the season commencing. All game notifications will be loaded onto the Teamstuff platform throughout the season, giving you the information you need at your fingertips and ensuring club communications are consistent and well organised across the club. More than one parent is able to access their children's schedule via TeamStuff allowing either parent to verify attendance of games and receive club or team communications.
NOTE: TeamStuff has been an unfortunate victim of the effects of the fallout from Coronavirus. Ruahine AFC will be implementing the use of an alternative system - more info to come.
Where can I learn more?
Ruahine AFC website - Junior Framework
NZF website – www.nzfootball.co.nz