News/Updates

FIFA 11+

New Zealand Football and Federations have partnered with ACC and FIFA to implement a nationwide roll out of the FIFA 11+ injury prevention programme.

McDonalds Junior Football Coaching Videos

This month sees over 50,000 children take part in football clubs all over the country, playing the game that they love.

Rep Trials 2017


Nelson Bays Football Representative Trial Dates:

Any players wishing to be be involved in the 2017 Representative Tournaments need to be aware of the trial dates.

Junior & Youth Football

  • Grading: A player is 8th grade (for example) if they turn 8 years old during the current calendar year - see below for further details as to what grade a player may be placed in this season.
  • Girls or boys teams: We use the mixed pathway for First Kicks and Fun Football.  After that, girls can choose whether they want to be in a mixed team (in a mixed grade) or in a girls only team.  Where possible, we play girls only teams in a girls only grade, but from time-to-time we may place a girls team in a mixed grade if abilities allow.  Boys always play in a mixed grade.
  • Fees vary per grade - see our Fees & Registration page for more information about fees and how to pay/register. 
  • Queries should please go to Sandy Hamson at info@nelsonsuburbs.co.nz and she'll point you in the right direction.  Once the season is underway, queries should go to the coach in the first instance.

First Kicks Football

Our First Kicks program is for the very beginner at the youngest age: 4 - 6 years of age.

The emphasis is on delivering a fun session with small skill based drills and small sided games.  Children develop skills through contact with one ball each and lots of touches on the ball.

Sessions are held at Saxton Field cricket oval from 9:15am - 10am.  The season will run throughout term 2 and 3 with a break during the holidays.  See our Fees & Registration page for more information about fees and how to pay/register.  We will post more information about the season start as it draws nearer.

Can you help?  These sessions can't run without the help of parents.  If you are able to help run activities through the hour-long session please contact info@nelsonsuburbs.co.nz.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help.

Fun Football

Our Fun Football program caters for 7 - 8 year olds (7th & 8th grades).

Fun Football is the next step up from First Kicks - these sessions are held from 10am at Saxton Fields cricket oval on Saturday mornings through terms 2-3.  See our Fees & Registration page for more information about fees and how to pay/register.  We will post more information about the season start as it draws nearer.

What is Fun Football?
  • Small sided games of 3-5 players
  • Small football pitches of 20m x 30m with popup goals and no goalkeepers
  • Games are 15 minutes long and each team plays two games with a size 3 ball
  • No parents are to be in the playing area unless they are coaching.  The area gets very congested, so we ask that all players come prepared with a water bottle and anything else they may need.
Weekly draws are published here - please use the drop down box on the top right of the page to select the date you are wanting to view.

The field map for the games is published here.

Junior Football

Junior football is for 9 - 14 year olds (9th - 14th grades)

All games are played at varying locations around the region on Saturday mornings, but trainings are held at Saxton Field during the week. 
See our Fees & Registration page for more information about fees and how to pay/register.  We will post more information about the season start as it draws nearer.

  • 9th Grade - 7-aside football on small fields (55m x 35m) using a size 3 ball, 20 minute halves
  • 10th Grade - 7-aside football on small fields (55m x 35m) using a size 4 ball, 25 minute halves
  • 11th Grade - 9-aside football on small fields (70m x 50m) using a size 4 ball, 25 minute halves
  • 12th Grade - 9-aside football on small fields (70m x 50m) using a size 4 ball, 30 minute halves
  • 13th Grade - 11-aside football on full sized fields using a size 4 ball, 30 minute halves
  • 14th Grade - 11-aside football on full sized fields using a size 5 ball, 35 minute halves

Youth Football

Youth football is for 15 - 19 year olds (Under 17 and Under 19)

All games are played at varying locations around the region on Saturday mornings, but trainings are held at Saxton Field during the week.  See our Fees & Registration page for more information about fees and how to pay/register.  We will post more information about the season start as it draws nearer.

  • Youth Leagues - 11-aside football on full sized fields using a size 5 ball, 40 minute halves