U3 - U6 Squirts

What Is Squirts?

The Squirts program has been created to develop the football skills of 3 to 6 year olds. The program will enhance the opportunities for young children to receive quality, consistent coaching.  The Squirts program promotes football-based exercise and activity for younger children who are not able to be registered to play.  

The Squirts 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 football itself is the Coach’s main tool and is utilised 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, having fun and developing a love for the game! The Virginia United Squirts Program develops running, stopping, ball control, jumping, turning, balance, agility, movement and general co-ordination.

 

Virginia United Squirts Program is run under the supervision of professionally qualified coaches.

What Do We Teach?

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 its 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. 

 

6. Balance: 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. 

 

8. Sportsmanship: We seek to instil 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 instil.

 

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.

Program Dates & Costs



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Start Date

4 February

22 April

15 July

7 October

Finish Date

25 March

10 June

2 September

25 November

Class Times

Saturday 8 & 9.10am

Saturday 8 & 9.10am

Saturday 8 & 9.10am

Saturday 8 

Duration

8

8

8

8

Venues

Albert Bishop Park

Albert Bishop Park

Albert Bishop Park 

Albert Bishop Park

Cost

$120

$120

$120

$120

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