The Gap Pastime Club is please to provide Football Queenslands Football Squirts program. This is the only recognised and endorsed program for children under the age of five and therefore participants and clubs will be covered by the state insurance program.
What is the Squirts program?
The Football Squirts program has been created to develop the football skills of 3 to 5 year olds.The program will enhance the opportunities for young children to receive quality, consistent coaching. The hope is that in acquiring basic skills, participating children will not only learn correct technique but will also develop a love of the “world game”.
The Football Squirts program promotes football-based exercise and activity for younger children who are not able to be registered to play. It can be used as a stand-alone program at specific times during the week or as a way of involving younger family members on weekends while their older brothers and sisters play scheduled matches.
The program is not a “technical coaching” program, but a tempered introduction to the great sport of football. The very basics of the game are introduced and experienced by the participants through different drills, practices and games.
The program consists of 50 actitivies.
The football itself is the Coach’s main tool and this ought to be utilized as much as possible. Elite players are not the ultimate outcome we are seeking, rather the development of the individual participant’s gross motor skills in conjunction with them becoming physically active. Running, stopping, ball control, jumping, turning, balance, agility, movement and general co-ordination are all skills to be acquired and improve.
Needless to say, all sessions have to be fun practices. The coach has to be seen as fun, not as the “finger-wagging” teacher or instructor.
What do we teach in Squirts football?
1. Coordination (body)
The very essence of movement should be an integral part of each session. Basic skills such as running, jumping, turning and twisting are to be introduced.
2. Motor Skills Development
With or without a ball, the children are to be challenged in simple gross-motor skill movement.
3. Hand-Eye and Foot-Eye Coordination
This is integral for all sports and ought to be developed whether or not football is ultimately their chosen sport.
4. Introduction to Stretching, Exercise and their Health Benefits
Full body stretches are not advocated, but rather an introduction to such activities to educate the children on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.
5. Basic Fundamentals of the Game and it’s Skills
The skills are introduced in a fun and relaxed manner. By introducing the information in a subtle way, the children are learning the basic fundamentals under the guise of having fun.
This element is important not just for football, but for life in general. One-legged stand has never been so much fun with and without the ball.
7. Games and the Focus of Fun – not Winning
After several weeks of sessions and practice the concept of a game becomes instinctive in the participant’s football development. Simple throw-ins and goal-kicks skills are taught, but they are basically allowed to have fun and permitted to learn through play. Participation and having fun is the key element we are seeking to promote.
We seek to instill in participants a need to show courtesy to others as they would like to be shown. The program aims to develop good athletes who accept winning and losing in the same spirit and manner. Encouragement of a positive outlook, to always look forward to the next game, is something we hope to instill.
9. Rules and Regulations
We are aiming to give the children very basic rules so they can enjoy the game to a greater level. The concept of tackling and body contact will be addressed and monitored where needed.
10. Respect for Others and their Space
An underlying theme will “Be respectful of all players and officials”. Enjoyment from participating in the game, regardless of the result, is to be fostered.
The program is $130 for 10 sessions
- Session dates:
- Saturday the 4th of May 8:30am
- Saturday the 11th of May 8:30am
- Saturday the 18th of May 8:30am
- Saturday the 25th of May 8:30am
- Saturday the 1st of June 8:30am
- Saturday the 8th of June 8:30am
- Saturday the 15th of June 8:30am
- Break for School Holidays
- Saturday the 13th of July 8:30am
- Saturday the 20th of July 8:30am
- Saturday the 27th of July 8:30am
- Each player receives:
- Playing shirt and short
- 1 pair of socks
- Skills ball (size 2)
- Water bottle
- Please ensure you include what size your child wears when registering them to play.
Will Page is the coordinator of the Squirt program and can be contacted in email@example.com
For a step by step guide on how to register please click here