Skills Centre - U8 Transition

To transition the U8 players into the new format of U9 football (7 v 7 on a quarter size pitch) that they will play in 2023, We have planned for:


6 x weeks Skill Centre Programme (SKC) for U8s Girls and Boys

Please read all the information below as there are substantial changes from grade 8, There is further generic info available here - https://birkenheadunited.org.nz/junior-football


Skill Centre is our core NZF accredited training programme offering a scripted training plan for players aged U9-U12 in 2023 (born 2014 – 2011). This is a skill based programme, catering for both boys and girls, that has an emphasis on enjoyment and structured training that maximise development and encourages players to fall in love with football.
For the Skill Centre training Girls and Boys are grouped by age band (typically U8-U9 & U10-U11) or individual age groups depending on numbers.


During Term 4 2022 we will have one session per week for each age band on the Monday. Then in 2023 Term 1 it be two sessions a week on Monday and Wednesday till the end of Term 3 2023.


During Skill Centre Programme in Term 4, players may be moved around different training groups to provide the relevant challenge point. The sessions will be delivered at Shepherds Park, if for whatever reason the Club is unable to use Shepherds Park to deliver the programme you will be notified with of the alternative venue and it will be posted on the club FB page. We aim to deliver every session rain or shine.


The club staff (Head of Football and SKC Coaches) will be observing all football activities offered by BUAFC as part of the club players’ selection process for the season 2022 as well as offering the opportunity to open trial/training to new players interested in joining the club in 2023.


BUAFC wish to encourage all players to express themselves at the best of their abilities, enjoy the learning and display the greatest attitude every time you come down to training.
Please note that all players wishing to play in the Skill Centre based teams (Development Teams) in 2023 will be required to attend SKC in Term 4 to better understand if the SKC is the right fit for them. Whilst all effort to accommodate players wishing to play at this level will be made, there is a limit to the number of teams the Club can support each season, and a limit to the number of players in each Skill Centre based teams for 2023.


To be considered for a Skill Centre based team (Development Team) for the 2023 Season the player(s) must understand that the Club is seeking to accommodate those players who are committed to attendance at training and want a higher level of provision during the winter season along with the following:

  • Attendance at training twice per week unless prior agreement with coach or illness/injury.
  • Availability during the season to attend both training, Saturday games and Sunday football festivals is required.
  • 2023 junior teams will be formed by like-minded and like-ability players. This way the club will be able to provide the appropriate challenge point to develop each individual through training and games.

Skill Centre Programme (SKC) Term 4:

  • Monday – U8s

Please Note that U8s must be born in 2014

  • Starts Monday 31st October – Finish Monday 5th December
  • Session is from 4.30 pm to 5.45 pm. Please be on site 10-15 minutes before practice starts


Training Location / Grounds will be Shepherds Park, any changes due to council restrictions will be communicated promptly.


Cost will be $60 for the term 4 invoiced at time of registration.


Registrations are open now and will close on 17th October, you can register here

Further information about 2023
The club will hold an information seminar at club rooms from 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th October for the Skill Centre grades.