First Kicks

Hello all and welcome to the First Kicks program for 4th, 5th and 6th grade players at Hillcrest United Football Club.

All our 4, 5 and 6 year olds (boys and girls) are placed in a programme called First Kicks. The children are placed in teams based on ages. They have a training session for one hour a week,  (usually Tuesdays, 3.30-4.15), at Jansen Park, where they have fun skill sessions, and mini games.  The idea is to have more touches on the ball.

On Saturday mornings they mostly play at Galloway Park, from 9-10am. Each team is put into a “pod” of four teams. The session starts off with a warm up and practice of the week’s skill activities. Then the team splits into two and they rotate around playing 10 minute 4-a-side games against the other teams in the pod.  Most Saturdays they will be at Galloway Park, but during the season there will be 2 or 3 festival days, where the teams might go to different parks and play against different teams. The philosophy behind the programme is to increase the number of touches a child has on the ball and to develop skills for later on.

All First Kicks players will need to register. Once you have registered, the kids will be sorted into teams before the season starts. The season starts the first week of Term 2. The first practice is Tuesday 30th April, with the first game day Saturday 4th May.

This is a parent run programme, and we need assistance from parents to run training sessions and game days.  Please contact the committee if you want to help.

First Kicks players will need to provide their own:

  • Boots
  • Shinpads
  • Black socks
  • Black shorts

The club will provide the team shirt.

Some places to look for football gear for children are The Soccer Shop, Rebel Sports, Stirling Sports and Number One Shoes.

First Kicks Rules 2019

First Kicks – Game Guidelines 2019

First Kicks – Cluster Infomation Booklet 2019

If you have any questions, please email info@hillcrestunited.co.nz.