PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
Schools throughout New Zealand present an unprecedented opportunity to engage children in sport en masse with little need for organisation or structure. When the bell rings, we hope to see more kids out kicking footballs more often on school fields, yards and halls.
Schools are a natural breeding ground for unstructured play and New Zealand Football is aiming to capitalise on this by providing parents, teachers and players with the expertise and tools to get the ball rolling.
The Football in Schools programme will be the main vehicle for New Zealand Football and its member Federations to bring football alive in Primary and Intermediate schools.
The programme and products are aimed at engaging all Primary and Intermediate aged children in football, providing more recreational football opportunities for our young players, more often.
Increase the opportunities for Primary and Intermediate-aged children to play football in the school setting.
Increase the number of hours Primary and Intermediate-aged children spend playing football in deliberate play settings.
Increase the football-specific skill levels of Primary and Intermediate-aged children.
Raise awareness of football as a free-time school activity.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES, MORE HOURS, MORE TOUCHES, MORE FUN
Research has shown how important physical activity is for a
child’s health and wellbeing, and sports such as football can provide children with lifelong health and lifestyle benefits.
These benefits include better physical fitness, the chance
to be part of a team and the physical skills that can lead to greater self-confidence and self esteem.
WHY HAVE MORE FOOTBALL IN SCHOOLS?
The latter can flow on into their approach to other aspects of their life and have a positive impact on their relationships with peers.
The ASB Football in Schools programme focuses on providing the tools to get more players, playing more football, more often in schools.
This approach will also address some sport-specific challenges, such as:
• The need to engage children in more unstructured self guided play to promote and develop players with game
• The need to increase the number of hours children spend playing in both formal (structured) and informal (unstructured) football environments to ensure players accumulate an appropriate base of hours to help them on their pathway to excellence.
• The need to improve the fundamental football skills in players 4-12 years to develop self-confidence and selfesteem, and increase long-term retention in football, reducing the drop-out rates currently experienced at 13+ years.
Through the support of the member Federations, New Zealand Football will bring football to schools and ensure all Primary and Intermediate schools are provided with the support to get more kids kicking footballs before, during and after school.
For more information about Auckland Football Federation and Football in Schools contact Gemma Lewis here.