Welcome to the Middle Park FC Juniors

We were delighted by the number of children who joined our great Club this year.  To register for our 2020 waitlist click on this link.

Following a very successful launch in 2010, Middle Park Football Club continued its kid’s football program in 2019. Responding to great demand for a junior soccer program in and around Albert Park, the Club offers football programs for children aged between 5 and 14 years old.

What are the values of the MPFC?

Mutual respect

Passion for the game

Fun for families

Community is everything

Program Formats

Option 1: Intra club Program

A Miniroos Intraclub player will participate in a training session every Saturday morning for 1 hour (9-10am) between April and September (excluding the middle and last weekends of the school holidays). Training will be hosted at the Club’s home pitch in Albert Park Reserve and focus on enjoyment and skill development. This is a fantastic way to introduce your child to football (aged 5 to 10).

Option 2: Home and Away Programs

Home & Away players will be assigned a squad to train and play with throughout 2020.  We rely on parents volunteering to be the coaches and managers of these squads.

Pre-season training begins in March (earlier for some teams), with the formal Football Victoria season running from April to early September for approximately 18 rounds.

MPFC seeks to field the following teams in the 2020 Home & Away season:

  • Under 7 – Under 15 Mixed teams: As is common across the Home & Away season for most Victorian junior clubs, MPFC has traditionally had teams with both boys & girls up to the age of 14
  • Under 7 – Under 15 Girls teams: In 2020, we are keen to start fielding Girls’ Home & Away teams. Please let Megan Kateiva know if you are interested at [email protected]

There is twice-weekly training and H&A games on Sunday:

  • Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6-7pm for U6-U11’s and 7-8pm for U12s+ (any variance is up to individual coaches and often based on age level)
  • Matches are on Sunday mornings (40 – 90 mins depending on the age group).

Parents/guardians are expected to attend training and matches even if it’s cold! Children cannot be left unattended without a parent or guardian.  If you cannot attend, you need to be within close proximity in case of emergencies and notify the coach as such.

Parents/guardians are expected to support the MPFC community by volunteering during the season.

 Option 3: Girl’s  Intraclub Program

Girl’s (aged 5 to 10) will participate in a training session every Wednesday 6-7pm between April and September (excluding the  school holidays). Training will be hosted at the Club’s home pitch in Albert Park Reserve or JL Murphy Reserve and focus on enjoyment and skill development. This is a fantastic way to introduce your daughter to football.  The Girl’s Program is run alongside the SoccerMums program offered by the FFV.

What Can You Expect

Between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, your son or daughter will be involved in small sided football.  Small sided football is a modified form of regular 11-a-side soccer, designed to meet the needs of girls and boys from 5 to 11 years of age. Coaching at this age is based on enjoyment and freedom of expression for kids, with limited emphasis on coaching.

Our Miniroos Intra-club program is a fun, non-competitive environment in which to introduce kids to football. Players are organised in relatively small groups of up 10 players with a “game leader”. In an hour long session, the MPFC game leader will take the kids through a warm up followed by practical exercises and skill development. The aim is to let the kids learn by doing and playing, with minimal coaching from the game leaders. At the end of each session the group plays a small sided game where the players can practice the skills they learned during the sessions.

The philosophy is very much the same in our Home & Away program. Despite playing matches against local clubs, scores are not kept during U6 – U11 matches and the focus is very much on skill development and enjoyment. From U12 onwards, when scores are kept, children become exposed to dealing with winning and losing in a positive and sporting manner.

Children are not formally graded within the U7-U9 teams (as the primary focus is on having fun & learning what it is to be part of a team) however there may be some broader grading to ensure teams are playing at a level suitable to their skill & experience.  Formal grading of players occurs with the transition into U10’s.

Beyond observing our values and comprehensive Code of Conduct for players, there is an expectation that children are participating to develop their love of football,  learn what it’s like to be part of a team & have fun. They are also making a commitment to regularly attend training nights, games and listen to their coach!

Documentation

Become a Volunteer!

It is important for our club & our community that our Code of Conduct is kept in mind & respected throughout the season.

MPFC is a great community club that is completely reliant on volunteer power.  Everyone is expected to contribute in some capacity during the season:

  • Please tell us if you are eager to step up for coaching and managing duties, refereeing, linesperson duties (U12 and up) etc. Without a parent coach (or 2) and manager stepping up from each team, our H&A teams would not exist.
  • If you’re not able to be a coach or be a team manager, you can still help the coach at training or on game day with simple acts of support like set up, pack down, wrangling the team, bringing oranges, tidying equipment etc.
  • You could also become part of the (awesome) Committee or assist them in their duties such as ordering uniforms and trophies, sourcing sponsorship, arranging friendlies or participation in gala days, assisting at club events (BBQ’s, pizza nights), sending out communications to the families and coordinating registrations etc.

Please indicate your willingness to volunteer to [email protected]

Program Dates

The season for both playing options runs from April through to September (as per the Football Victoria guidelines) with pre-season for home and away starting in March. Sessions continue during school holidays, unless otherwise communicated by the Club.

Location

Middle Park FC is located within Albert Park Reserve with club rooms at Pit Building 4. Our ground is directly behind the Pit Buildings (ground location). Due to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the first few weeks of the Intra-club season will be be undertaken at a nearby ground, with the Home & Away teams training and playing either at JL Murphy Reserve in Port Melbourne or at a nearby ground to our club rooms.

Costs and What’s Included

All fees include all coaching, club apparel, FFV affiliation and end of season trophy!

The Club fees in 2019 were:

  • $280 for Intraclub & Social Saturday (mixed)
  • $280 for the Girls Program
  • $330 for Home & Away (mixed and girls programs) if under 12 (as at 1/1/2020) or $258 if 12 or over (as at 1/1/2020)

Club fees cover FFA and Football Victoria fees/insurance, uniform, grounds fees, equipment and some social events. You are required to provide your own boots and shin guards.  There will be a slight increase on fees in 2020 to accommodate increased costs.

Frequently asked questions for 2020:

Q: What age should my child be to register?

A: Minimum age is 5 (4 turning 5 in 2020) for intra club and 6 (6 turning 7 in 2020) for home and away.

Q: How are coaches determined?

A: MPFC is a community club.  We rely 100% on parents to fill coaching, managing and other positions within teams.  Without this help we cannot provide such a fantastic program for the kids of our local community.

Q: Does my child have to attend training?

A: There is no training for the Miniroos Intra-club or Girl’s programs, however the Home & Away format requires children to train with their teams 1-2 times a week (as above).

Q: How do I know my child will be safe?

A: Each MPFC game leader is accredited by Football Victoria. MPFC game leaders have obtained Working With Children checks and all MPFC junior volunteers have successfully completed police checks.

Q: Is your program recognised by a governing body?

A: Miniroos is endorsed by the Football Federation of Australia and operated by Football Victoria. These organisations operate under the international rules of FIFA (the global governing body of football).

Q: May I drop off my child and pick him/her up at the end?

A: Regardless of the presence of dedicated game leaders and availability of onsite first aid during all sessions, we require all participants to have a parent / guardian present at all times.  In addition, it is important that you are there to support the coaches and team managers.

Q: What other equipment may my child need?

A: Kids will need water bottles, football boots, shin pads and a football (balls are provided by the Club at the beginning of the Home & Away season for training).  Shin pads must be worn to participate in Small Sided Football. In addition, you may like to consider warmer and water proof clothing during the winter months. The sessions will go ahead regardless of the weather.

For any other queries please contact the Committee via [email protected]