Our Junior football programme is part of a coordinated national approach to the development of junior players. Its main aim is to provide all junior players with high quality football experiences that increase both skill levels and the passion for playing football.
Small-sided games are the focus for our Junior players. Children get more enjoyment and learn more from playing in small-sided games with simplified rules. They’re more involved and get to touch the ball more often.
First Kicks – 4-6 yrs old
This is the first introduction to football. Children are placed into ‘PODS’ according to their age and learn football skills and physical attributes through fun game play. This age group play at A & P Showgrounds every Saturday, they do not travel.
Fun Football – 7-8 yrs old
Children are placed into school-based teams (approx. 8 players per team) and play in a Pukekohe AFC 5-a-side competition every Saturday. They learn specific technical skills in a fun, motivational environment. This age group play at A & P Showgrounds every Saturday, they do not travel.
9th Grade – 12th Grade
Players trial and are placed into teams according to their ability. The teams are entered into the Auckland Football competition.
These age groups travel – teams usually play one home game in Pukekohe, then every second week travel to some South Auckland based towns eg. Tuakau, Waiuku, Drury, Papakura, Papatoetoe, Clendon.