Midgets 2017 Season

Te Atatu Association Football Club
Midgets 2017 Season
February 2017

Our first newsletter of 2017! Hope everyone has had a restful summer, and itching to get back on the field to play again. This newsletter provides you with news on when to register, when we’re getting back into it, and how you can get involved this year in your child’s sport.


Friday evenings from 5pm at the Neil Ave main clubrooms. This is a social soccer session where the kids can get out and kick the ball around with their mates. New players who would like to give football a go for this season are welcome and it’s free for anyone who wants to.


4 – 17 organised into groups of “like sized kids” and parent run




January 20th – February 24th. From 5pm until they have had enough.

Bar open:

Some nights there’s a sausage sizzle (we’ll let you know on Facebook). Great way to get to

know other club members. All Welcome.

What to wear: Any shorts and t-shirt, sandshoes and shinpads (no football boots please as the ground is still very hard)


You can come down to summer soccer sessions on Friday night to register for this winter’s season, ask questions or follow the Online Registration link on the club website (www.teatatusoccer.org.nz) and do it all online. The cost for all our Midgets players (Grades 4 to 8) is $60 per child.

Fees can be paid online at the time of registration (with no credit card surcharge this year) or choose the Pay Later option and follow up with payment at the clubrooms or use internet banking. For new players we offer a “try before you buy” policy where you can play for 2-3 weeks before making payment once your child is happy.


We need you to be involved in your child’s sport. You don’t need to be a football expert to be helpful. We will need people to:

Facebook Articles, photos, newsletters

Facebook Updates/Cancellations on Tuesdays (3pm) and Saturday mornings (7am)

Take responsibility for opening up Ramlea equipment shed by 7.40am on Saturday morning

Take responsibility for opening up Ramlea equipment shed by 3.40pm on Tuesday afternoon

Locking up shed at end of Fun Football and handing keys on to junior teams playing

Set up fields when they arrive (volunteers from 7.40am on Saturdays)

Be game leaders (direct the traffic, cheer them on – doesn’t need full referee skills)

Help run training sessions (coaching courses provided free!)

Run the drinks and snacks stall

Make and sell coffee (including picking up some milk each week) – one of our fundraising efforts

Run some fundraising events!

Be grade coordinators (take roll, organize into teams on the day, make sure parents are getting involved in leading sessions).

Player of the Day recorder – maintain the important list of who receives player of the day

Coach one of our 8th grade WJF teams

Manage one of our 8th grade WJF teams including recording their results

If you can volunteer for any of the above functions, please let Kathy Hohepa know.


If you’re stuck for a park… please note you can access Ramlea Park from Taikata Road, from Peachgrove Road and from Yeovil Road. Please don’t park in the grounds of the church – this is private property.

First Kicks sessions – at Te Atatu Tennis Club & Ramlea Park

4thgrade Cowboys and 5th grade Deputies (Children born in 2013 and 2012

This year we are trialing running the 4th & 5th grades training at a separate venue on the courts at Te Atatu Tennis. The artificial courts provide a nice playing surface and the clubrooms provide a sheltered environment. There is safe off road parking in the Kindy carpark.

Training on Tuesday afternoon from 4pm til 4.45pm at Te Atatu Tennis Club at the back of the Te Atatu Village Kindy, 580 Te Atatu Road.

Game day at Ramlea Park on Saturday 8am til 9am (arrive at 7.50am for team musters)

First Kicks sessions – at Ramlea Park

6th grade Sheriffs (Children born in 2011)

Training on Tuesday afternoon from 4pm til 5pm at Ramlea Park. (Arrive at 3.50 for field setup) Game day on Saturday 8am til 9am (arrive at 7.50am for team musters)

Fun Football Sessions – In house at Ramlea Park

7th grade Marshalls and 8th grade Mavericks (Children born in 2010, and 2009)

Training on Tuesday afternoon from 4.30pm til 5.30 pm

Game day on Saturday from 8.45am til 10am

7th and 8th grades games finish at 9.45am followed by prizegiving as we MUST be off the fields and all packed up by 10am as we have Junior football matches taking place on our pitch straight after some weeks.

8th Grade Western Junior Framework (WJF) OPTION

Our 8th Graders have the option of playing in a set team all year and participating in the Northern Football Federation Western Junior Framework (WJF) OR continuing with the locally run Midgets Fun Football sessions. Participating in the framework means;

Training may be on a different night at Ramlea Park

As you are in a team, it is important that you attend every game session as your team needs you! (unless sick of course, or prearranged with your coach) – more commitment is required as there are only 3 weekends when the teams don’t play. You also play on rainy days when the in-house Midgets may be cancelled

Games will be on Saturday mornings at 8.30am (arrive by 8.15am) at another club’s ground and finish about 9.30am. It will be the same ground each week and hosted by another of our nearby West Auckland clubs (yet to be determined).

Your child’s team will play against teams from other clubs each week (3 short games each week)

It still remains non competitive football (there are no division winners) but we do record the scores

There is a grading round and a post grading round. The purpose of grading is to ensure teams of varying abilities play against others of a similar standard – more fun for all involved.

Last year we sent four 8th grade teams to the Western Junior Framework and all reported a huge amount of enjoyment and learning.

These teams will need to be organized before the start of the regular Midgets season, so a team muster session will be held at Neil Ave Clubrooms on Wednesday 1st and 8th March from 4.30pm til 5.30pm.

Teams may choose to start training to prepare for their season and learn the format rules before the normal April timeline – dependent on parent coach availability.

We will contact all registered 8th grade players to remind them of these sessions so please register by Thursday 23rd February if you would like to choose the WJF teams option.

Key Upcoming Footballing Dates for Midgets

Summer Soccer

January 20th to February 24th 2017

Te Atatu Park – Neil Ave clubrooms

5pm til they’ve had enough!

Registrations Open

Friday 20th January 2017

8th Grade Registrations for WJF teams should be

Thursday 23rd February 2017


Summer Soccer finishes

Friday 24th February 2017

8th Graders Muster for WJF teams

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Wednesday 8th March 2017

(at Neil Ave at 4.30-5.30pm)

All other registrations completed (4th through 8th

Thursday 30th March 2017


First Game Day

Saturday 1st April 2017

First Training Day

Tuesday 4th April 2017

School Holiday Break

No games on Saturday 15th & 22nd April due to

Easter & school holiday break (and no training

during school holiday weeks)

Term 2 games start

Saturday 29th April 2017

Training recommences at Ramlea Park

Tuesday 2nd May 2017


The WJF Teams will be subject to NFF cancellations so will usually play, even if it is raining. Team managers will be notified if there are cancellations on the Saturday morning.

Cancellations for our in-house program for all First Kicks and Fun Football grades are notified on the Facebook Page “Te Atatu Football Club, Midgets and Juniors”. These are notified at about 3pm on Tuesday afternoons and about 7am Saturday mornings. Occasionally the Auckland Council and NFF will close all grounds and advise cancellations of all football on Friday night. If you do not have access to Facebook please organise to contact a friend who does – with 150 players we do not text or email.


Fees for 2017 are $60 for the season which includes NFF & NZF levies.

You can pay online or in the clubrooms using EFTPOS.

Bank A/c: 12-3037-0394449-00. Reference with your child’s name and grade please.

Shinpads – These are compulsory (per NFF & FIFA), Approx cost $10.

Ball – required for training, Size 3 preferred (but any ball is better than none), approx cost $20 T-Shirt – Mavericks shirts are available to buy from the club once your fees are paid for $20. Shorts & Socks – Royal Blue if possible. These do not have to be proper sports gear.

Boots – recommended once the grounds get softer. There are often second hand boots available. The Lotto Shop on our club website has starter packs of Shorts, Socks, shinpads & ball for $80. Other stockists: Te Atatu Menswear and Stirling Sports (West City, Lynnmall or Westgate)

For more information contact kathy@hohepa.co.nz or message our Facebook page Te Atatu Football Club Midgets and Juniors www.teatatusoccer.org.nz

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