Welcome to the Middle Park FC Juniors

We are delighted by the number of children who wish to play at our great Club this year.  To register for our waitlist, click on this link.

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 7 April 2019 (Home & Away), 27 April 2019 (Intra/Social Club) and the Girl’s Program on 1 May 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 14 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 (7 April to 1 September 2019).  We rely on parents volunteering to be the coaches and managers of these squads.

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 usually train twice a week and play a match against Melbourne metropolitan teams on the weekend. Training has traditionally been held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm or 7pm onwards (depending on the age group), 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 pre-season training usually commences earlier in the year.

 Option 3: Girl’s Program

Girl’s (aged 5 to 12) will participate in a training session every Wednesday 6-7pm 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.

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 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 runs from 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 clubrooms 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 are:

  • $280 for Intraclub & Social Saturday
  • $280 for the Girls Program
  • $330 for Home & Away 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.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What age should my child be to register?

A: Minimum age is 5 (4 turning 5 in 2019 is ok).

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

A: The Club fees in 2019 are:

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

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, Social or Girl’s programs, however the Home & Away format requires children to train with their teams twice a week.

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.