Young footballers are hitting the ground running this summer, kicking out the myth that football is a winter-only sport.
The summer months traditionally make for a quiet time for grassroots football but Auckland Football chief executive David Parker says the game is establishing itself as a year-round sport of choice for Aucklanders.
Football holiday programmes have been in full swing this month at Mt Roskill’s War Memorial Park and the Mt Albert YMCA.
Auckland Football game development manager Steve Roberts is leading the War Memorial Park programme for a large number of players who are new to the sport.
‘‘We want our programme to give these kids a fun taste of the game early in the year so that when registrations open for clubs shortly, signing up to play local club football is something they are excited about,’’ Roberts says.
Clubs are also nominating young players aged 12 to 16 to try out for places on Auckland Football’s player development programme the Federation Talent Centre starting next month.
Auckland Football development officer Simon Richards says the quick start to the programme is an important aspect of the new approach to developing future All Whites and Football Ferns.
Running on: Auckland’s young footballers are continuing to head to the pitch over the summer months, taking part in Auckland Football’s holiday programmes.