U9 & U12 Skills Centre

Skill Centre is our core NZF accredited training programme offering a scripted training plan for players aged U9-U12 (born 2013 – 2010).

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 the Girls and Boys are grouped by age band (typically U9-10 & U11-12) or individual age groups depending on numbers.


During Term 4 2022 we will have one session per week for each age band on the specified day. In term 4 SKC will be on Monday and from Term 1 is likely to move to Monday and Wednesday till the end of Term 3 2022. The time slot is also in line with “in season” training days/times unless advised differently.


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. Rain or shine we aim to deliver all sessions.


The club staff (Head of Football, 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 2022.


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, summer football, and all other football activities that BUAFC may choose to run.


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, and a limit to the number of players in each Skill Centre based team for 2023.


In order to be considered for a Skill Centre based teams (Development teams) for the 2023 SEASON the player must understand that the Club is seeking to accommodate those players who are committed to attend 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 guarantee the appropriate challenge point to develop each individual through training and games.


Skill Centre Programme (SKC) Term 4:
Starts Monday 31st October – Finish Monday 5th December

Monday – U9
Please Note U9 2022 must be born in 2013 and U11 must be born in 2011
Session is from 4.30 pm to 5.45 pm. Please be on site 10-15 minutes before practice starts


Monday – U10 and U11 and U12 Girls
Please Note U10 – U11 2022 = U10 must be born in 2012 and U11 must be born in 2011
Session is from 6 pm to 7.15 pm. Please be on site 10-15 minutes before practice starts


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


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


Cost for new players joining in Term 4 will be $60 for the term invoiced at time of registration

To Existing Skill Centre Players


Skill Centre Programme (SKC) Term 4:
Starts Monday 31st October – Finish Monday 5th December


Monday – U9
Please Note U9 2022 must be born in 2013 and U11 must be born in 2011
• Session is from 4.30 pm to 5.45 pm. Please be on site 10-15 minutes before practice starts

Monday – U10 and U11 and U12 Girls
Please Note U10 – U11 2022 = U10 must be born in 2012 and U11 must be born in 2011
• Session is from 6 pm to 7.15 pm. Please be on site 10-15 minutes before practice starts


Training Location / Grounds will be Shepherds Park, any changes due to council or covid restrictions will be communicated promptly.
Registration for new players to join Term 4 is now open.


As an existing player in Skill Centre you are already registered and will receive your Term 4 fee invoice next week

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 to outline plans for the 2023 season.
The fee for the full season of Skill Centre in 2023 will be $500 (in addition to the normal membership fee).
The club wish you all a safe and enjoyable return to football in Term 4, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.