Search on for ju­nior foot­ballers

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Mata­mata Swifts AFC is look­ing for the next crop of ju­nior foot­ballers.

The club is prepar­ing for the com­ing ju­nior foot­ball sea­son and is hold­ing reg­is­tra­tion evenings this month.

The Swifts’ Ju­nior Co­or­di­na­tor Ro­nan Costello said the club is look­ing for­ward to an­other strong year of foot­ball in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The ju­nior sea­son be­gins on May 6 and runs through­out terms 2 and 3.’’

‘‘It prob­a­bly seems too early to be think­ing about play­ing a win­ter sport now, but with things like grad­ing and team se­lec­tion need­ing to be done in March, due to team en­try dead­lines and the April school hol­i­days, play­ers need to sign up now,’’ said Costello.

‘‘We’ve got a lot to of­fer young sports peo­ple this sea­son.

‘‘Our subs have been kept at the same lev­els as 2016 for our ju­nior teams and mini­kick­ers pro­gramme.

‘‘Teams are open to play­ers rang­ing in age from eight to 14, while mini-kick­ers pro­vides an ex­cel­lent in­tro­duc­tion to the game for play­ers seven and un­der.’’

Girls’ foot­ball has ex­tra fo­cus in the Waikato dur­ing 2017, with a num­ber of girls-only leagues on of­fer.

‘‘This means we can of­fer girl­sonly teams, which have been proven in other parts of the coun­try to in­crease en­joy­ment and in­volve­ment of girls in foot­ball,’’ ex­plains Costello.

‘‘It’s a good, fun way for girls who want to give foot­ball a go but pre­vi­ously may not have fan­cied play­ing in mixed teams.

‘‘Play­ers should reg­is­ter on­line, or they can sign-up at one of our reg­is­tra­tion evenings. Ju­nior grad­ing fol­lows on Sun­day, March 12. The team from The Soc­cer Shop will be at grad­ing this year, so play­ers will be able to get all the gear they need for the sea­son then too.’’ Mata­mata Swifts Ju­nior Foot­ball Reg­is­tra­tion:

Thurs­day, March 2 and Thurs­day, March 9, 2017, 6pm to 7pm. Mata­mata Do­main Clu­b­rooms. Or reg­is­ter on­line: mata­mataswifts.com/ju­niors/

MATA­MATA SWIFTS

The call is go­ing out for ju­nior foot­ballers as plan­ning starts for the 2017 sea­son.

Ro­nan Costello.

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