5+ A Day Football In Schools


The 5+ A Day Football in Schools programme provides primary and intermediate schools with practical support to maximise the time children spend engaged in physical activity while in the school environment.

It targets key times when children have the opportunity to be physically active in the school environment, such as:

  • Before the bell rings (early morning opportunities)
  • When the bell rings (break times and after-school programmes)
  • During class time (scheduled physical activity or as part of the physical education curriculum)

The 5+ A Day Football in Schools approach offers our children new opportunities to get active through football. At the same time, it presents volunteer parents and teachers with the tools to create and deliver simple programmes that will encourage their children to become more active in the school setting.

Each of the programmes are founded on providing children with a fun experience, using football-based challenges and the joy of playing football as motivation for participation.

The 5+ A Day Football in Schools programme is part of the wider New Zealand Football National Player Development Framework.

10 principles of the 5+ A Day Programme

The philosophy, teaching approach and curriculum content are founded on the following 10 principles:

1. Accumulation of Hours and Number of Touches
2. Early Engagement
3. Recognising Development Age
4. Training Emphasis Periods
5. Physical Literacy
6. Four Corners Approach – Technical/Tactical, Physical, Mental, Social/Emotional
7. Age-Appropriate Games
8. Talent Identification and Development
9. National Framework Integration and Alignment
10. Based on Evidence and Informed by World’s Best Practice


  • Football Literacy
    When: During class time
    How: 2 x 5 week football skill development programme
    What: Developing fundamental football skills
    Why: Increased understanding of movement as well as developing competence and confidence. Exploration and development of problem-solving skills.
  • Let’s Play
    When: Before school starts, after school and break times
    How: Summer Terms 1 and 4 organised play opportunities using activity cards
    What: Unstructured play opportunities for children with freedom to play and explore football
    Why: Learning occurs within the authentic football context of modified games or game-like activities. This develops understanding, decision-making and skills that work within the context of a game.
  • School Festivals
    When: During class time or after school
    How: Intra-school events or inter-school events
    What: Organised small-sided games in a non-competitive environment
    Why: Increasing opportunities to socially interact, make friends, experience achievement, notice self-improvement and make choices