FUN FOOTBALL information

All you need to know about TAKARO AFC's Fun Football programme

When do we train/play?

Saturday mornings from 8:45am-10:15am – usually on fields at Monrad Park (Highbury Avenue).

The programme on a typical Saturday is:

  • 8:45am – 9:10am – Begin pre-match activities
  • 9:15am – 10:00am – Small-sided game followed by awards and notices

Who trains the kids?

Volunteers (eg parents, grandparents, older siblings) coaches train the kids under the responsibility of our Junior Club Captain.  Parents should expect to coach at least one session throughout the season.

A coaching evening will be held to up-skill all Junior coaches.

How does it work?

The coach is responsible for running the pre-match activities with the support of a parent.

Each coach will be supplied with the pre-match 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 and supporters are encouraged to support the players during these exercises in a positive manner.

Why are we doing this?

All clubs affiliated to NZF are expected to adopt this (and other) programmes aimed at developing the best possible football players, as well as developing higher participation in the sport.  Takaro AFC is committed to following this programme (along with the other junior football clubs in the Manawatu).

How to be an effective Coach

Many Fun Football players are likely to be participating in organised football for the very first time, while others may have been through the First Kicks programme.  They need to enjoy the experience if they are to fall in love with the game.  For coaches, this means having a good understanding of the needs of these young players and how best to develop them.

Want to learn more?

NZ Football’s website –

FUN FOOTBALL 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) specific to 7 and 8 year olds.

The focus of Fun Football is General Movement (20%), Football Coordination (20%), Football Technique (20%), and Small-Sided Games (40%).  The aim is to introduce young players to the basics of football through pre-prepared activities.

NZ Football’s WOFP encompasses the entire junior and senior spectrum of football in New Zealand.

Upcoming Games

Game Times