The Miniroos program is the FFA program for U6–U12 age groups. It facilitates the development of players through progressive and complementary phases with training and game structures suited to each age group. Full information on the program can be found here:
Miniroos at The Gap FC
The goal of The Gap Football Club Miniroos program is to provide for children of all abilities the opportunity to learn and play football with friends in a safe and fun environment.
We are, amongst other things, a feeder program for the junior and senior football programs and seek to create a life-long love of the game.
We seek to create a balanced playing field for all players and teams to build an environment where all children have an equal chance to enjoy and succeed in the game. This includes experienced players as well as those pulling on boots for the first time.
The Gap Football Club provides its Miniroos players with access to training and game opportunities in order to build friendships, improve their skills, and maximise their time on the ball in a structured environment.
In line with our Juniors and Seniors programs we offer players with a keen interest and willingness to learn the opportunity to develop their skills and create a pathway to high performance and competitive football. This is done through the following pathways.
- FQ Academy League North 3 – U10, U11, U12
- Kangaroos – U8, U9, U10, U11, U12
These teams are selected through a trials process and offer younger players, both male and female, the opportunity to train two to three times per week and play in a dedicated competition with players of more advanced skill sets. The focus of these squads is development with the goal of advancement to High Performance Juniors.
- U10/11 FQ Academy 1
- U12/13 FQ Academy 2
Teams in this competition are selected on a trials-only basis. Players in these teams train 3 times per week and play in a dedicated high-performance girls-only competition. The season includes a mix of games and half-day carnivals with other FQ Academy teams.
These teams are also selected through a trials process and train twice per week. Players in this squad focus on development and are dedicated to their football and willing to work to improve.
Social – Mixed and Girls
Our standard Miniroos teams play in-house in the U6–7 competition. Games are held on Saturday mornings and there is no grading. From U8 onwards players can choose a mixed team or all-girls competition. Training is once per week and is a good entry level for beginners.
The 2023 season will see the introduction of our Upskill Program. This program will be offered to both boys and girls aged U8-U12. These sessions will run weekly for the duration of the season in addition to team training sessions. The Upskill Program is an opt-in program and comes at an additional cost. The program will concentrate on the four core skills for development:
- First touch
- Running with the ball (dribbling)
- Striking the ball
- 1 v 1
The Upskill Program has been developed for younger players who are newer to the game and looking to learn the basics.
For season 2023 the program will be held Thursday evenings from 6–7pm at Payne Road State School. Sessions will run weekly excluding school and public holidays commencing Thursday 21st April until Thursday 7th September. For more experienced players looking to advance their skills, head to our Academy page for more information.