New Zealand Football has developed guidelines and supporting material to help clubs deliver junior football programmes that are matched to the needs of young players. This set of guidelines is called Junior Framework and is the first stage of Whole of Football Plan.
The Junior Framework ensures that every child entering the game will take part in training and games that are tailored to his or her stage of football development - physical, mental, emotional/social and technical/tactical. Drawing on proven football development programmes from around the world, the Junior Framework provides children with a fun and rewarding experience at every stage, while developing their skills as football players.
This is a nationwide initiative, so kids who move around New Zealand will be able to drop straight ino the same set-up at any club or community centre.
What are the principles? The thinking behind the Junior game.
What are the Stages of the Junior Framework? Key aspects for each age group
This 2011 season will see pilots operating around the country. These initial pilots will ensure the national rollout in 2012 will be as effective as possible. We recognise the challenges that clubs face, and have allowed a lot of lexibility in implementing the framework.
Click here to download the NZ Football Brochure (1.72 MB)
In addition NZ Football has put together some great programmes to help keep children active and healthy after school and during the school holidays.
Click here for more details on ASB Holiday Fun Football
Click here for more details on ASB Fun Football Centres
For more information onthe above, such as your nearest pilot club or ASB Holiday Football programme contact your local Federation Football Development Manager.