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Welcome to 2014

Over the past few months we've undertaken a complete review of the Junior Club's operations.  This, together with the feedback we received from our Survey last year, will see some changes to how we operate, with particular focus on coach education, player development pathways and combined trainings for our 1st and 2nd junior teams (9th-12th grades). Exciting times ahead!  

James Lamb (First Kicks), Allan and Gabby Boag (11th Grade) and Jen Tyson (Secretary) have joined us on the Junior Committee.  However, we do still need 8th, 9th and 10th Grade Managers.  Grade Managers are the primary contact between the Junior Committee and team coaches and managers, and are also YOUR voice on the Junior Committee. These are essential roles within the club, so please contact me asap if interested, or for more info on what these roles entail.

We are also keen to have a dedicated Sponsorship Manager for the juniors this year. The more sponsorship we have, the better the equipment and coaching we can provide to our juniors and the less pressure there is on fees.  This is a voluntary position (although a commission basis may be possible).

Finally, we are also keen to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare to help us with specific events (such as Registration Day) for example.  No commitment or Committee Meeting attendance required - just an extra pair of hands at peak times. 

Please do take a few minutes to read this newsletter and remember to also keep up to date on our website and club Facebook page.

I am delighted to be your new Junior Club Captain and am looking forward to working with you, your children and our incredible team of volunteers towards a successful 2014 season - and beyond!

Tom Leask
Upper Hutt City Football
Junior Club Captain
Ph: 021 246 4374

Call for Coaches

9th-14th Grade 

If you're interested in coaching our top teams (1st and 2nd team, 9th-14th grades) in 2014, can you please email Lorraine Bowring at asap and no later than Thursday 23 January 2014. There will be a meeting of these coaches on 1 February. Please include a brief summary of your coaching experience and qualifications and the team you'd like to coach.  

Last season's coaches please confirm whether or not you are keen to carry on.

There is an expectation that these teams will be training at least twice a week from March.  Where NZ Football coaching qualifications are required, we will work with you to achieve those (if you don't already have them).  

We are also keen to hear from any of our players (youth and senior) who want to develop their coaching and/or refereeing skills.

Please note, coaches and managers may be asked to agree to a police check for the coming season. 

For more info or to apply for a coaching position, please contact Lorraine, .

Junior Registrations and "Give It A Go Day"

Saturday 1 February 2014 | 10am-1pm

Maidstone Park

Mark your calendars now!  Junior registrations open 1 February.   You can register online or in person at our Open Day.  

This is also the perfect opportunity for anyone who hasn't played for us before to come along and check out our awesome facilities at Maidstone Park, find out more about our development opportunities (including the All Star Academy and Girls' Development Squad) and learn some tips and tricks from Director of Coaching, Pedro Garcias and other senior players. We'll have demos, competitions and prizes to be won. A fun few hours of football!

We're particularly keen to encourage youngsters aged 4-7 to give football a go so if you know anyone in this age group, please do tell them about our Open Day.

You will also be able to register at the Clubrooms on Tuesday, 4 February from 6pm-8pm.

Note, trials for our graded teams will start Saturday 8 February, so you MUST be registered before then if you wish to trial.  

Fees for the season are still to be finalised, but if you have any other questions regarding registration or what the club can offer your child, please contact Debbie Wooller, Registrations Officer, .  

Manchester Utd Premier Cup
- Global U15s Competition

The Manchester Utd Premier Cup (otherwise known as The Nike Cup) is an international U15s boys' competition, featuring over 8000 of the world's best U15s teams from over 40 countries.

UHCF is intending to enter this competition, with the first trial for the squad at 5pm, Thursday 16th January, at Maidstone Turf.  Players from last year's 14th JPL, 14th Promo and 13th Grade JPL teams should already have received an email with further info.  If you haven't and wish to be considered for this squad, please urgently contact Gillian Patterson, 

Note however, there are restrictions on which players can represent the club in this competition:

"players must have been registered with the club as of 30 September 2013 and can only play for the club they represent in the MUPC for the duration of the 2014 season, including U17 & U19 (unless they are a guest player for a club at the Napier City Rovers tournament)."

Just something to think about if you were considering leaving us this year ;-)

In the meantime, you can find out more about the competition here.

New for 2014
- ASB Fun Football Centres

Coming to a school near you!

ASB Fun Football Centres give primary aged school kids a chance to have fun after school, keep active and learn some new skills at the same time.

Sessions run from 3.15pm-4.15pm one day a week for 8 weeks. Cost just $48.00.   Fun Football Centres are confirmed for Pinehaven (Wednesdays), Silverstream (Wednesdays) and Upper Hutt (Tuesdays) with more schools to be confirmed.

You can find out more info on the club website or contact Tom to register your child (please state your child's name and preferred school).

As the programme grows, additional coaches will be required. These are paid positions and NZ Football qualifications will be required (we can help you with that). Please contact Tom asap for more info.  

Dates for your diary

23 January

Deadline for Coaching Applications
Graded teams only

1 February
Junior Registrations Open 
"Give It A Go Day"
Graded Teams Managers' Meeting

4 February
Junior Registrations at Clubrooms

6 February
Deadline for registrations (if you want to trial)

8-24 February
Trials 9th-14th Grade

23 & 30 March
UHCF Junior Tournament

29 March
Girls' Kick-It Tournament

More dates will be added to the Junior Calendar as details are confirmed.  

Also, keep an eye on the website and Facebook for regular updates.
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