FDO Report January 2012 by Tim Bush
With the 2012 season not too far away, I’d like to welcome everyone back to football. I hope that you have managed to have some time off over the Christmas and New Year period and the unpredictable NZ weather hasn’t held you back too much from enjoying any outdoor activities.
2011 saw the introduction of the Whole of Football by New Zealand Football which has made a positive impact on football throughout the entire country. The plan is to develop football across the four main components thus being Administration, Referee, Coach and Player Development. The Whole of Football Plan (WOFP) has been over three years in the making and derived from researched world best practice and current trends which will ever evolve just like the game does.
So what does this mean for football in 2012? In a nutshell it means the a national rollout of the WOF plan. Mainland Football is tasked with driving the plan throughout the Mainland Federation. In the Federation there were over twelve clubs which piloted the WOF in 2011 and now with the national rollout the plan is available to all clubs to access. The technical team at Mainland Football is working together to ensure suitable hubs are developed for the ease of clubs, parents and players to work together in the Junior Framework. For more information please contact the Mainland Football technical team or Click Here to view the Whole of Football Plan.
If you would like to know more information about the Whole of Football please contact one of the Football Development Officers. Click Here to view contacts.
Mainland has 4 junior teams entered into the National Napier Tournament at ages 10, 12, 14 and 16 in July. They are currently in training and look forward to travelling, supported by Richard Bell, as Mainland Futsal Development Manager
For further information on futsal competition see www.mainlandfutsal.co.nz
Whole of Football Plan
The FDO’s continue to work with Junior Framework clubs through their implementation of First Kicks, Fun Football and Mini Football.
There has been a learning curve with each of the products, with the greatest challenges arriving from 8 year olds. This is because the previous format of team competition has been removed and replaced by a station-rotation introduction, which our best players may appear as restrictive.
Football Festivals & Football in Schools:
The FDO's have been working hard over the summer months to secure siutable schools to work with in developing football.
For any additional schools that would like to participate in the future, please contact Alan Walker
New Zealand Football- Talent Perform Pathway – 12 years to 17 years:
Ongoing development has continued by NZF to align a national calendar of activity for our elite players, as well as a consistency in the product delivery.
There are challenges to be presented with this and we shall provide you with further information on the structure and management of MOU’s that were agreed with NZF.
Coach Education 2012:
Coach Education continues to be a primary focus and we have commenced delivery across the region of Coaching Courses at Junior, Youth and Senior, with the new resource and material provided by NZF.
Our biggest challenge is to engage as many coaches from within clubs to attend. Please Click Here for the Mainland Football Coach Education Calendar for 2012
Canterbury Utd Youth
Canterbury United Youth won the 2011 ASB Premiership Youth League for the third time in as many years.
For any further information, please contact Alan Walker