Fun Football

We are looking forward to getting back into football for 2022 and to kick the season off we will have a muster for our juniors on March 20, 2022.  The format will be a few small games over the course of the 45 minute session along with a short discussion with parents on the philosophy of the club and how we plan to run the junior programme at Cambridge Football Club.  You may be aware that the landscape for children and youth sport in New Zealand is changing, quickly and significantly.  Sport New Zealand, in conjunction with Sporting Bodies across multiple sports (including NZ Football) are adopting a program called Balance is Better (read more here).

Already, over the past few seasons we have seen some of the emphasis on winning removed. The next step in the Balance is Better ‘journey” sees the removal of all grading and trialing of players in 2022.

In previous seasons players have been given the opportunity to trial for one of our “graded teams”.  From 2022, CFC will no longer be adopting quite the same selection process.

So, without grading how will we put teams together?  

While there will be no player grading our aim is to provide a positive experience for all players and Whaanau.  Simply putting teams together by “pulling names out of a hat” is unlikely to achieve this aim, we recognise that what constitutes a positive experience will most likely vary between players.

In 2022, we will be adopting, as much as practical, what we call a “self-selection” process.

1)    Skill Centre and Player Development

We are providing the this option for players that are keen to learn more about the game and perhaps have goals of heading towards talent pathway / academy programs in the future, or

2)    Community Football

The Community Football option is no less important but intended for kids out to have fun, play alongside friends but, at this early stage in their development, are happy to participate in organised sport without committing to the learning process. In previous seasons the equivalent of Community Football was probably players electing not to trial for one of our graded teams.


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