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

About First Kicks

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.

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 sandy@nelsonsuburbs.co.nz.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help.

Sessions are held at Saxton Field from 9am - 9:45am.  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.


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

About Fun Football

Fun Football is the next step up from First Kicks - these sessions are held from 10am at Saxton Field on Saturday mornings through terms 2-3.  

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

Fun Football Rules

  • 3-5 sided games (preference is 4).

  • Small football pitches of 20m x 30m.

  • Size 3 footballs.

  • Two x 15 minute games.

  • No half time turn arounds.

  • Rolling subs.

  • Referee controls the game (coach/parent help).

  • No goal keepers.

  • No throw ins, ball must be passed in from the sideline.

  • Goals cannot be scored from inside the small goal circle.

  • Goals can only be scored from inside the attacking half.

  • Retreating line must be used when goal kick is taken. Attacking team must go back to halfway and can only move to the ball once the ball has been kicked by the defending team. Defending players do not have to go back to halfway.

  • Hooter sounds start and end of games.

  • Fun Football draw is located on Nelson Suburbs FC website. Paper draw is also provided on competition day.

  • Only players and coaching staff are permitted on the fields.

  • Supporters must remain outside the taped off area.

  • All players wear their club colours.

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. 


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

When do we play?

All games are played at varying locations around the region on Saturday mornings, but trainings are held at Saxton Field during the week.  

  • 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

When do we train?

Please note that some of these days and times may change once the season starts. For further information about our grades and teams please check with your coaches or contact Sandy Hamson on 0275525668.

  • 9th Grade: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm (All teams)

  • 10th Grade: Wednesdays 4 – 5 pm (Rebels) Wednesdays 5.15 – 6.15 pm (Blazers & Raptors)

  • 11th Grade: Tuesdays 4.30 - 5.45 pm (All teams)

  • 12th Grade: Tuesdays 4.30 – 5.45 pm (Avengers - Lachlan/Daymon) Wednesdays 3.45 – 5 pm (Sleeping Lions)

  • 13th Grade: Tuesdays 5 – 6.30 pm (Bombers & Rovers) Tuesdays 4.45 – 6 pm (Geckos - James M)

  • 14th Grade: Sundays 5 – 6.30 pm (Stingers) Thursdays (TBC)

Junior Girls Grade:

  • Tuesdays 4.45 – 5 pm (Sparks - Trevor M)

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.