Girls can choose to trial for the Swifts Talent Centre, or play in the mixed leagues (boys and girls) on Saturdays for their relevant age group (select Foundation, Junior or Youth from the menu at the top of this page) or the Girls Only League on Sundays. It is also possible for players to participate in both the mixed and GOSL.
The Girls Only League is open to all girls aged 7 to 14 (born 2013 to 2006). The focus of the league is on fun and participation, and provides the opportunity for girls to play alongside their friends with the support of our girls coaching team.
In addition, the club runs girls only mid-week skill centres, holiday programmes, summer programmes and futsal.
More information is set out below.
2. THE GIRLS ONLY LEAGUE
The Girls Only League is open to all girls of all abilities aged 7 to 14 (born 2013 to 2006).
As noted above, the focus of the league is on fun and participation - meaning that the league is suitable for girls first learning football right through to those who have good skills and have played a while.
Teams play small-sided games on artificial turf (and so matches are rarely cancelled). Ages 7 to 10 play in five-a-side teams, and ages 11-14 in seven-a-side teams.
Games are played on Sunday mornings. The time and location for each week’s games is determined by a draw published by Capital Football, which can be found here.
Starting in 2020, all girls only teams will be allocated a one-hour training slot on Friday evenings at Terawhiti turf.
These trainings will be led by a parent coach from each team (or the team can opt to engage a club coach for an additional cost). In addition, club coaching staff will be in attendance at each training to support parent coaches with session delivery.
The club coaching staff will also support parent coaches by:
circulating useful coaching resources;
assisting with session planning;
providing coaching development opportunities (through both stand alone education sessions and by providing feedback and advice at trainings).
More information on this initiative can be found here.
4. WHEN AND WHERE?
Season begins: Sunday 5th April
Season finishes: Sunday 30th August
School holiday break: Football runs the first and last weekend of the school holidays, but we take a break for Easter weekend and the middle weekend of the holidays (Sunday 12 April, Sunday 19 April and Sunday 12 July).
School Holiday and Summer Programmes: The club runs a very popular school holiday programme, and a summer futsal programme during terms 1 and 4. We encourage players to keep up their football over the holidays and summer by getting involved in these! More information can be found on the "Programmes" page here.
5. WHAT GEAR DO YOU NEED?
Players need to provide their own:
Plain black shorts.
Waterside Karori socks.
These can be purchased from Football Central on Tory Street (see www.footballcentral.co.nz), and socks can also be bought from the club website here. Football boots and shin pads can also be bought from most sports stores and off TradeMe.
The club provides each team with the following gear at the beginning of the season (all of which must be returned at the end of the season):
Black and white striped Waterside Karori playing tops (1 per player).
A player of the day trophy and certificates.
Balls and cones.
6. TEAM COACHES AND MANAGERS
We want to create a fun and positive environment for our players. The more support, encouragement and involvement from parents the better!
Each team needs a coach/manager to:
take responsibility for the team's gear, and ensure it is all returned at the end of the season;
act as a point of contact for the team - for example, making sure players know when and where to turn up on the Sunday; and
award the player of the day award each weekend.
Trainings and games are run by parent coaches, or the team can opt to engage a club coach for an additional cost (more information will be provided closer to the start of the season).
7. HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?
Step 1: Register for the winter season
Registrations for the 2021 winter season are open now.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Step 2: Grade Coordinators will put together teams
Grade Coordinators will put players into teams after registrations close in early March.
Grade Coordinators will then be in touch with you, with information on your team and the start of the season. This might not be until mid/late March.
The club will separately email you once registrations have closed with more information on the season, how things will work, key contacts, and other key details.
Step 4: The season starts!
Kick off on Sunday 5 April 2020!