First Kicks

2021 Registration open – Register here.

Welcome to the First Kicks program for 5th and 6th grade players at Hillcrest United Football Club.

All our 4, 5 and 6 year olds, boys and girls (year of birth 2015-2016) are placed in a programme called First Kicks. First Kicks runs throughout Term 2 and half of Term 3. (See the 2021 Season Calendar.) We generally have 2 teams, with 10-13 kids in each.  They have a training session for 45 mins once a week,  (usually Tuesdays, 3.30-4.15, but that is dependent on the coach), at Jansen Park, where they participate in fun skill sessions, and mini games.  The idea is to have more touches on the ball. Last year the teams trained on separate days, and the kids were assigned to teams based on which day they could make it to training.

On Saturday mornings they participate in the WaiBOP run First Kicks programme, where they play against teams from other clubs. Most sessions are 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.

The season begins the first weekend of Term 2, with registration open from the start of Term 1. (See the 2021 Season Calendar.)

All First Kicks players (new and returning) will need to register for the 2021 season. This link takes you directly to the HUFC First Kicks registration item.  Please login using your child’s username/user id and password.  Or for new players, sign up to MyCOMET using the “New User? Register” link at the bottom of the login page. (Note, you sign up using your child’s name, and add parent email and cell phone number.) Once you are logged in, please complete the Item Survey – accepting the 2021 Membership Conditions is compulsory – and click “add to cart”. Then you need to click your cart icon at the top right of the page, and click “proceed to checkout”. Tick the box to agree to the conditions, and then click “Finish”. If you now go to your dashboard, you should see that you have an active registration. Please also take the time to check through the personal information, especially the contacts tab – make sure emails and phone numbers are up to date. Add any extra contacts who may want to receive football updates, eg Grandma who will be taking your child to training/games.

For registration help, please see this MyCOMET registration with a direct link help guide.

Once you have registered your child for First Kicks, you should receive a confirmation email. This details how to pay. The cost is $50 for the season, to be paid via internet banking to the club account: Hillcrest United, Westpac, Hillcrest – 03-1559-0044455-000. Please use your child’s full name, and “FK” as the payment reference.

We can accept all children who register during Term 1. Once the season has started, however, we can only take new enrolments if there is space in the teams.

Once you have registered, we will be in touch towards the middle or end of Term 1 to sort out teams and coaches. If you are on Facebook, please join our club group: Hillcrest United Football Club. (Note there is also a Hillcrest United Football Club page which is not us – it  belongs to a club in South Africa!)

This is a parent run programme, and we need assistance from parents to run training sessions and game days.  Please let us know via the registration survey if you are able 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 Playing Rules  2020

First Kicks – Game Guidelines 2020

First Kicks – Cluster Infomation Booklet 2020

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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