Welcome to our First Kicks information page

Our First Kicks grades are specially designed for both boys and girls aged between the ages of 5 and 8 yrs old. Experience is not important nor is the skill level, it's all about having a little bit of fun on a Saturday morning.

We have been lucky to secure a number of free footballs for the Winter 2020 season to enable our First Kicks players to start their football journey/career. Every First Kicks Registration currently purchased will receive a free ball at the start of the Football season.

Games are 15 minutes long with 3 games played per playing day and start at 8:05am, 8:25am and 8:45am.  Each game lasts for 15 minutes with 5 minute changeover times between games. Each 5th & 6th grade team plays 4-aside and 7th & 8th is 5-aside, both with no goalkeepers. The fields are typically 30m x 20m. 

The fields are numbered, and the draw will show which field number you are on.  Sometimes you will have to move to a different field for each game.

Each player should be wearing Albany shirt, shorts and socks for their game.  If you have not yet purchased this, or don’t have one from last year (or handed down from a sibling), please see here. Players must also be wearing shin pads and boots for their game – these can be purchased at any sporting outlet, however we recommend going to Ultra Football Albany, and shopping our recommended products by selecting "Club" on their website, "Albany United FC" then using access code AUFC20.

What happens if it’s raining?  If it’s light or intermittent rain – we still play.  Football is a winter sport, so we expect there will be some drizzly days, it is usually more fun with a few puddles !!  If it’s heavy/stormy rain, please check our facebook page (make sure you “LIKE” our Albany United Facebook page for all club news and info during the season) 

We’ll also send our communications in this way:  Club texts the coaches/managers. Coaches/Managers will text the players and we aim to do this by 7am on a Saturday.  If fields will be closed by Council, you will be notified by 7am on the Saturday morning.

If any parents are keen to learn more about the courses available for coaching and refereeing, these are a valuable way to learn more about the game and get involved with our club and your child’s sport.  We hope to be running coaching courses at the club before the season commences in 2020. more detail to follow. There is also a Club Based Referees course available.

Have a Question regarding our First Kicks? Or email us firstkicks@albanyunited.org

Cluster Trainings for First Kicks

Where: Rosedale Park - in front of the club rooms
When: 4pm – 5pm, every Wednesday - starting 1st April for all players who are registered.
Who: all 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade players, parents, coaches, managers welcome (doesn’t need to be whole team, anyone is welcome to join in – and we particularly ask for coaches/managers/parents to join in)
Why: Supporting our coaches with technical, consistent, fun football practices illustrating good coaching ideas and practice.
Giving the players some consistency across the teams in how the trainings/skill sessions are delivered. Giving coaches some training “on the job”. Providing as many training / coaching opportunities for players to jump into as we can
Cost:  FREE for enrolled Players

First Kicks Information

Junior & Youth Committee

Chris Castell - First Kicks Coordinator

Chris Castell has been coaching his son’s first kicks team since 2018 and has been co-hosting first kicks cluster training since 2019.
Chris has fond memories of when he was 5 years old and played soccer at Glover park.  Chris represented Selwyn Collage in Soccer.
Occasionally supports Queens Park Rangers.

Contact Chris by email - FirstKicks@albanyunited.org

Josh Hunt - Junior Committee Chairman

Josh was voted into the role within the Junior Committee (which oversees First KicksJuniors & Youth Football) in 2020 bringing a strong organisational background in support of the Committee.  His prior involvement with the Club has been through supporting his son and daughter through winter and summer football.
Josh’s focus will be on working with the Committee to keep admin requirements light, and communications relevant, leaving players, parents, coaches and managers full energy to bring their pure passion for the game.

Contact Josh by email - JuniorChairman@albanyunited.org

Julie Harrison - Community and Communications

Julie Harrison was new to the Club in 2019 when her 3 sons all joined and she became their Team Manager. This then lead to joining her our Junior Committee and later the role of Community and Communications. She currently liaises with our local School groups, helps with Sponsorship and organises communication with our current members. 

Contact Julie by email - Julie@albanyunited.org

Mark Harrison - Volunteers and Registrations Co-ordinator

Mark Harrison was new to the Club in 2019 when his 3 sons, one in 6th grade and twins in 9th grade, started. Mark took on Coaching his sons 9th grade team, and soon after joined our Committee and could often be found behind the BBQ at our Tournaments. Of course this lead to his daughter joining the Club as well for Summer Football in 2019.

Contact Mark by email - volunteer@albanyunited.org or registrations@albanyunited.org

Emma Rameil - Junior Secretary and Uniforms Co-ordinator

Contact Emma by email - juniorsecretary@albanyunited.org or uniforms@albanyunited.org

Garry Trewin - Club Captain

Garry has been part of the Junior Committee (which oversees First KicksJuniors & Youth Football) since 2017 and has held the role of Committee Chairman since 2018. His appointment to the role saw him nominated as McDonalds coach of the year for past 2 years and also as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2019 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. As well as being part of the Junior Committee, Garry has helped playing for a couple of senior teams and coaches/supports junior teams.

Supports: Manchester United
Favourite Player: David Beckham

Contact Garry by email - Club Captain@albanyunited.org


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