Our Nest was bathed in sunshine and smiles this Sunday May 2 with the launch of the 2021 MiniRoos Program. As a nationwide Football Australia program, MiniRoos is an introduction to soccer for kids aged 4-11.
The program uses short, game-based sessions to share the fundamentals of the sport in a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment and for many, a first opportunity to participate in football, the world’s most popular sport.
It was especially exciting to see so many youngsters return to the fields, after a very long break, and a difficult year for many families in our community. It was a real loss of momentum after an outstanding level of achievement across all levels of playing football, culminating in our Vice President and Head of Soccer, Jasmine Hirst being awarded Victoria’s Female Administrator of the Year in the Rebel Female Football awards in late 2019.
Early in 2020, the Football Federation Australia reported that the number of women and girls playing football in Victoria has risen to record numbers, as football participation in Australia climbed to more than 1.95 million in 2019. Unfortunately, the 2020 MiniRoos program was delayed initially and then shut down after only 3 weeks in June 2020.
The MiniRoos include a Kick Off Program and a Club Program. The introduction sessions are designed to be player-centred, and use game-like situations rather than technical drills, and focus on ensuring all players have fun and have maximum involvement. The program has small sided games, with smaller fields and modified rule to create opportunities for more touches and more goals for all kids.
With 80 players and 18 coaches registered for the 2021 MiniRoos, the program will run at the Falcs until early September.
“It is the heart and soul of our junior soccer program. It is the beginning of a pathway into the sport, and the foundation of all our junior programs right the way up to seniors”
It is the focus on enjoyment that researchers say is a key factor for initiating and maintaining involvement in sport. The 2021 program is fully subscribed so anyone who would like to get onto the waiting list or get communication about next season should contact [email protected]