JUNIOR FOOTBALL VACANCIES
Following the closure of our returning player registration, we have limited vacancies available for boys in the following Divisions:
U17 Boys / U15 Boys / U13 (2004 birth year only)
Age coordinators are contacting all parents and players by email to confirm training details. U9 training will not start for several weeks.
Pre-season football training is non-compulsory and not to take priority over cricket training for players of both sports.
Until advised for all training, RUNNERS only. Please bring a water bottle to every session. Remember that it is still cricket season, at most training venues we will not have access to rooms or toilet facilities.
The details are -
U17 Boys: Clifton Park - Mon & Wed - 4:30 to 6:00 pm
U15 Boys: Clifton Park - Sun - 9.00 to 10.15am
Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Tue - 6.00 to 7.15pm
U13 Boys: Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Mon - 7.00 to 8.00pm
Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Wed - 6.15 to 7.15pm
U11 Boys: Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Mon - 6.00 to 7.00pm
U9 Boys: Details to be confirmed - several weeks untill commencement
U12 Girls: Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Tues - 5.00 to 6.00pm
U15 Girls: Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Tues - 5.00 to 6.00pm
Walter Street - Fri - 5.00 to 6.00pm
U18 Girls: Fairbairn Park Oval 7 - Tues - 5.00 to 6.00pm
Walter Street - Fri - 5.00 to 6.00pm
Please note, that the pre-season training times in February and March are for those months only, once the winter allocation commences in April, training times will be confirmed for the home and away season. Download the schedule here.
Although the majority of age divisions will stay the same, with the move from even to odd age groups, team selection will not. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE PLAYING IN THE SAME TEAM AS LAST YEAR. Can you please ensure that you discuss this with your children, so that they are aware?
In a large number of teams, we have new coaches, as well children grow or develop in the off the season, as a result the teams will change. Unfortunately due to the size of our club and with large numbers in each age division, there is the chance that some players will miss out on playing in the highest division for their skillset and development. Since the implementation of grading, our teams play in higher Divisions than pre grading. So even if your child is playing in the 3rd or 4th team, they are playing in similar divisions where our second team used to play.
The age group coordinators will outline expectations and approximate timeframe of team selection for each division.
If you cannot make regular training can you please notify the Age Coordinator and then once teams are formed your coach.
At this stage no practice games have been scheduled due to the earlier commencement of the season. We will advise if that changes.
2017 SEASON CHANGES
As noted above, the Essendon District Football League has now implemented an odd-numbered competition (ie. U9-U17) from this season. This mechanism now brings the EDFL in line with all other metropolitan leagues who have been administering an odd-numbered age group level for quite some time now.
The EDFL has also extended the Junior season to 16 home and away rounds. As a result Round 1 commences on Sunday the 2nd of April. There will be 2 rounds, then a break for Easter, followed by the remaining 14 rounds. The Queen's Birthday long weekend will continue to be a bye week. With the extension of the season, we now play over 2 school holiday periods. If able can you please let your coaches know if you will be away over any holiday periods.
If you are interested in returning as a Sports Trainer or Team Manager or are interested in the roles, please let your Age Coordinator now. Roles will not be locked in until team selection has been completed.
WELCOME TO OUR CLUB
Over summer, the club was very pleased to welcome Amart Sports as a community partner. This is a very exciting initiative, we hope that members take the opportunity to sign up as an Amart Sports member and not only enjoy some great member prices, but also have the knowledge you are supporting the club with 5% of sales returned to the club in terms of equipment.
Don't forget the Amart Sports promotion (Highpoint store) for club members on March the 11th.
For the 2017 season, Junior Football will be welcoming a new major BCP Finance. This is very exciting news for Junior Football. We are extremely grateful for the support of all our sponsors, including our major partners, Nelson Alexander, Strathmore Community Bank and Maxspeed Logistics.
The club would also like to welcome Blueswan as the new club merchandise supplier.
Due to the change in age groups, our club policies have been reviewed to ensure that they are appropriate for the upcoming season. These will be uploaded on to the website in coming weeks. The core foundations of our policies remain, however the Aberfeldie Sports Club will be launching 2 new policies, Social Media and Child First.
In the coming weeks, information on both these policies will be sent to members.
EDFL U9 COMPETITION 2017
Please find the U9 competitiion rules as published by the EDFL for the 2017 season available here.
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