U6/7 Funskills Program
AGE ELIGIBILITY FOR FUNSKILLS PROGRAM
Please note that your child must have turned 5 by April 1, 2017 in order to be eligible to enrol in the Funskills program.
Baulkham Hills Football Club runs an in-house program called “Funskills” for the youngest players in the Club.
|Under 6||Under 7|
|Season Start||1st April, 2017
||1st April, 2017
|Time||Time: 12.30 - 1.30||Time: 11.30 - 12.30|
|Place||Ted Horwood Reserve Field # 5||Ted Horwood Reserve Field # 5|
|Coordinator Contact||Adam Philippe
Your child needs to be registered to play. Please click below for information on registering.
What is Funskills?
Please Note: Baulkham Hills FC is a community based football club. The Funskills program is run entirely by volunteers. All parents are encouraged to pitch in and lend a hand, by helping set up/pack up, or coaching/managing a team. The more you put into the program the more your child will get out of it.
Funskills is a program to teach players the basics of the game of football: passing, kicking and ball skills in a simple, strictly non-competitive environment. Once a week, they play against “teams” of other BHFC players of the same age. Focus is centred on having fun, making friends, and learning. This prepares the kids for their playing career in the higher age groups.
The games use the 4x4 Small–Sided rules.
What is the structure of the Funskills program?
The Program runs for 1 hour on a Saturday morning at the same time each week. The exact times are still to be determined for this season.
The session is broken into 2 parts – a 30 minute “training session” where Coaches will run their team through small exercises in the form of “mini-games” that are designed to teach the kids an aspect of the game. The 2nd 30 minutes is a 4x4 sided game against another team, hopefully putting into practice the skills learned during training. This usually happens with varying degrees of success!
At the start of the U7 session and the end of the U6 session each week, there is a setup/packup routine to get the mini-fields setup and put away. It’s a massive help for the Co-Ordinators if everyone (kids and parents) pitches in to help get it done.
What does my child need to play?
The first year you register in the funskills program you will receive a playing shirt that players wear for the duration of their time in the U6 and U7 program.
Shorts and socks can be purchased from the Club’s Equipment Shop (there is information here about the shop). You can also pickup the playing shirt from there.
Soccer boots are not required – runners that are in good condition can be worn but usually the kids want to look the part on the field! If you want to purchase boots, these can be bought from any good sports store (tip: do this early as there is usually quite a rush when it gets closer to the start of the season and the stores may run out).
Hats and sunscreen are usually a good idea too – at the start and the end of the season it can be quite warm and shade can be limited on the ground. Hats should be a baseball-style cap that is tight-fitting so it won’t come off in the game.
All players MUST wear appropriate shin pads. Any player who does not have pads will not be able to play in that week’s game. This includes U6 and U7 players - both game and training session. This is for both safety and insurance reasons.
Please don’t leave your visit to the Equipment Shop until the morning of the first game. Cath, the Equipment Coordinator, is always EXTREMELY busy at the start of the season so the earlier you can get your gear, the better. The Shop is usually open for a number of days prior to season start. There is a table at the bottom of this page that details when the grading nights are on for the older teams – Cath will have the Shop open from 6-7.30 on those days for gear purchases.
Please remember to bring a receipt for the registration fee with your rego number, together with proof of birth (both an original and a copy for us to keep).
When can my child play?
Generally a child will play in the age group that corresponds to the age they turn in that year. i.e. if the child is turning 7 in 2017, then they will play in Under 7. The Club does allow registrations for children who will turn 5 before the 1st April this year to register in U6. As such, a child could have up to 3 years playing in the Funskills program – at the end of this, they will be more than ready to move into U8 and into a more complex version of the small-sided game
How to Register
Please click below to learn more about registering to play for Baulkham Hills Football Club in 2016.
Do I need a photo or Id for my child?
You will need to provide a proof of age if your child did not play at the club in 2015 or 2016.
For Under 6 and 7 player, you do NOT need to supply a player photo during the registration process or to the Club.
Are the Teams graded?
For the Funskills program Under 6 and Under 7 - no – the children are not graded. They will be placed into “teams” of roughly 5-6 players and that becomes their team for the year. Players are allocated purely on how to make the teams fit into a nice roster of games so all players get game time.
What happens after I register?
It may be quiet for a while until time gets closer to the start of the season. Once a bulk of the registrations are in, teams will be sorted out and you will receive a few emails from the Age Co-Ordinator for your Age group, detailing the Team your child is in and more specific information about the start of the season.
Can I help out?
Yes you can! Each Team requires a parent to “Coach” and another to be the “Manager”. These roles are not as onerous as they sound – there is plenty of support in the form of manuals and online resources on the Club’s website and other websites. If you are interested, contact the Age-Coordinator for your Age group. You may find that coaching is a bit of fun and want to take it further.