Football Federation Australia’s MiniRoos program has officially arrived in the Illawarra, with Lake Heights Junior Football Club set to launch the region’s first MiniRoos course.
The six-week program will run from Monday November 12, with kids of all skill levels from the age of four through to nine encouraged to register.
Experienced junior coach Mark Tyssen will head the program and he’s looking forward to implementing enjoyable drills that all attendees can complete.
“The main theme of the program is introducing children to Australia’s biggest team sport,” Tyssen said. “It’s an introductory program for boys and girls aged four to nine.
“The focus will be on producing a safe and fun environment to ensure all kids benefit from the program and develop their social skills.”
Launched in 2015 and with thousands of participants nation-wide, the MiniRoos format is designed to introduce children to the sport of football in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
Tyssen will incorporate those goals into the program, with a focus on skill development through modified games.
“I’ll be working with a few of the Lake Heights junior coaches starting next Monday to run the program and help the kids learn some skills, play some games and make some new friends.
“It’s an introduction to soccer, but it’s also about providing an opportunity for kids to get a taste of the sport and ensure they come back for the next winter competition.
“The program’s run by Lake Heights Junior Football Club and it’s a part of the club’s junior development program to get more kids coming into the club and playing football.”
Participants in the program will receive a player pack that includes a soccer ball, shin pads, drink bottle and ticket to watch an A-League or W-League match this season.
Sessions will run from 5.30 to 6.30 on Monday nights. Registration details are available at the Lake Heights website. The program costs $40.