Fun Football

The Fun Football player experience is filled with new and exciting challenges. Players are provided with more game-specific activities, which offers fun and excitement throughout the season to help lay physical and technical foundations for physical literacy.

Generally children at this age are enthusiastic, motivated and have a desire to be active. We provide them with lots of variation and create environments where they can explore new things through playing. A fun and motivational coaching and playing environment is provided to meet the wants and needs of the developing 7-8 year old child.

Fun Football is for our players aged 7 and 8 (the age they turn during the season).

Fun Football 7th grade.

  • Training - Tuesday nights 4.30 – 5.45pm
  • Game - Saturday 8.30 – 9am.

Fun Football 8th grade

  • Training - Thursday nights 4.30 – 5.45pm
  • Game - Saturday 9.10 – 9.50am.

It is our policy not to grade these teams and instead focus on skill development and enjoyment of each child’s first football experience.

Games in the school holidays
There is NO PLAY at Easter weekend and in the “middle weekend” of the school holidays.

If it’s raining
Birkenhead United makes the decision to cancel the First Kicks & Fun Football grades and it is posted on the homepage and our club Facebook page at 7:30am.  Each coach is also notified so you should receive a message from your team coach. In some cases the Council may close Shepherds Park on Friday, in this case you are normally contacted Friday night from your team coach. Unless you hear otherwise you can assume the game is still on.

How to best support your child and their team
The best way to help your child is to

  • be positive, encourage them to do their very best
  • have them attend practices and be on time
  • plenty of warm clothing (gloves on small cold hands for the early morning starts save a lot of tears)
  • plastic rubbish bags to sit muddy children on in your car on the way home
  • a drink for half time and after the game

Coaching or Managing a Team
Birkenhead United has been going through a sustained period of growth over the last few years. The biggest strain that this puts on us is in the area of finding enough coaches or managers and once we have done that, ensuring that they are adequately prepared. Some of our coaches/managers are parents who may never have played soccer before. To support these dedicated volunteers, we do and will continue to run, both in-house and external coaching courses. Our Director of Coaching, Paul Hobson is available to support and resource coaches. If you are a parent or past player who has flirted with the idea of coaching a team – please give it a try!