Welcome to the Middle Park FC Juniors

We are delighted by the number of children who wish to return to our great Club this year and all who have signed up for our wait list in 2019.  Over the next few weeks we will be in contact you.

Due to the ongoing expansion of our junior program we are currently seeking volunteers, particularly coaches in several age groups. Please direct your interest to [email protected]  Support and coaching sessions for coaches will be on offer throughout the season which commences 27 April 2019.

Following a very successful launch in 2010, Middle Park Football Club continues 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 13 years old.

Program Formats

Option 1: Miniroos Intra-club Program

A Miniroos Intra-club player will participate in a training session every Saturday between April and September (27 April to 7 September 2019, 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.

 

Option 2: Home and Away Program

Home & Away players will be assigned a squad to train and play with throughout 2019 (27 April to 1 September 2019). To ensure children enjoy themselves and are suitably challenged, they will be assigned to a squad based on age and ability.

Home and Away teams train once or twice a week and play a match against a local club at the weekend. Training has traditionally been held on Tuesday and Thursday with matches played on Sundays (Please note, high demand may mean that some squads train/play on alternative days).

The Home and Away season runs between April and September, however grading and preseason training will likely start earlier in the year.

 

Option 3: Girl’s Program

Girl’s (aged 5 to 12) will participate in a training session every Wednesday between April and September (1 May to 4 September 2019, excluding 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 daughter to football.  The Girl’s Program is run alongside the SoccerMums program offered by the FFV (https://soccermums.com.au/).

What Can You Expect

Between the ages of 5 and 12 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 U7 – 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.

Documentation

 

Become a Volunteer!

Interested in becoming involved in Middle Park FC? Whether you want to coach a group or help serve a snag we would love to hear from you! Please indicate your willingness to volunteer to [email protected]

 

Program Dates

The season for both playing options commences runs from the end of April through to September as per the FFV guidelines). 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 junior season will be be undertaken at a nearby ground.

 

Costs and What’s Included

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

In 2019 children aged 5 – 11 years paid $280. Any child aged 12 or above paid $300.

 

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What age can my child be to register?

A: Minimum age is 5 (4 turning 5 in 2019 is ok). Maximum age is 13 (must turn 13 on or after 1 January 2019).

Q: How much does it cost and what does this include?

A: In 2019, membership cost between $820 and $300, depending on the age of your child (see above).

Q: Does my child have to attend training?

A: There is no training for the Miniroos intra-club program, however the Home & Away format requires children to train with their teams up to twice a week.

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

A: Each MPFC game leader is accredited by the Football Federation of 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 the Football Federation of 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.

Q: What other equipment may my child need?

A: 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.