Junior Football Orientation
Club Vision: We aim to provide an inclusive and positive footballing experience that encourages individual and team development in a fun and safe environment
Taupō Junior Football 2021– how it works!
Accurate as at 2 March 2021
Based in Crown Park, Taupō Junior Football runs both summer and winter football activities for Children aged 5-16. The club runs on a volunteer basis, with a committee overseeing administration & volunteer community coaches and referees. We encourage parents to get involved as much as they can. Club fees cover gear (balls & a uniform shirt) and go towards the general upkeep of the grounds.
Winter Football – Saturday Competition
With a season roughly following school Terms 2 & 3, the winter football season Saturday competition is designed to be fun for players at all levels, from age 5 to approx 16. The season runs through the winter months, roughly following terms 2 + 3.
Winter Football – Player Development Program, McCartney and Federation Teams
From age 9 up (for the 2021 Season, that’s those born in 2012 and earlier), Taupō players will have the opportunity to take part in Player Development Programs, and have the opportunity to be selected to represent the club in the McCartney Tournament and other regional tournaments.
During the summer months, the club usually organises 5 aside and turn up and play afternoons. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.
Summer football is always at Crown Park. Depending on the entries for each grade, winter games may be played at:
Crown Park in Taupō
1256 River Road (halfway to Reporoa), 24km from Taupō (home games for Reporoa teams)
Marotiri Primary School, Tihoi Road (34km NW of Taupō)
Tongariro High School in Turangi
Take some money for games in Taupō and Reporoa as they often sell drinks (hot and cold) as well as a sausage sizzle (to be confirmed).
Committee, Coaching, Refereeing and Prize giving
Junior Football Committee
The Junior Football Committee is a small group of volunteers who work hard to facilitate the season from an administrative point of view. Some of the work that the committee is responsible for includes: receiving entries to the season, receives fees, set up the draw, recruit and support coaches, keep parents informed, liaise with schools, enters teams into tournaments, post to social media, keep records of games …
The committee is made up of:
- Hamish Crawford
- Steve Giles
- Danielle Dunbar
- Cherie Day
- Rachel Lilburn
- Warren Day
We’d love to have more committee members – Ideally we would like to bring people in who have children in the younger grades to ensure succession planning. If you’re interested in joining the committee as a member, please let us know at email@example.com
Coaches wanted! Coaching is extremely rewarding, and sadly we typically struggle to recruit sufficient coaches. The club can provide assistance through providing coach education, providing a ‘coaches coach’ to assist you with delivery of a practice session, and through combining team practices between teams with experienced and inexperienced coaches. You don’t have to have played the game before to become a great coach! Please get involved through emailing any queries through or advising of your interest in coaching through firstname.lastname@example.org
Each team is required to provide a referee for half of each game. This may be the coach or a team parent.
Due to COVID-19, there was no communal prize-giving in 2020. We hope to return to a group prizegiving in some format in 2021.
Registration and Fees
Registration typically opens in February/March
Additional Football Opportunities in Taupō
Ricki Herbert Football Academy
The Ricki Herbert Football Academy (RHFA) exists to provide high quality football coaching to all levels of skill and experience. Based out of Cambridge, the Academy has Skills centres across the North Island. In 2020, the RHFA returned to Taupō after a number of years away, offering 3 day holiday programs in both the July and September holiday breaks, as well as Skills Development programs. These programs are run by the RHFA at Crown Park but are not Club Activities (Registration & Payment is all done with RHFA).
More information can be found on their website.
Fun First Football
Fun First Football is an after school football coaching program that is fun based football and games that is run everyday at 5 different locations/schools around the Taupō Region in an Inflatable Football Field. This is not a club activity and registration & payment is directly with FFF. More information on their Facebook Page.
Fun Football for the little ones 3-5, with help from the football community in Taupō, getting our little ones to kick the ball and enjoy football. More information on the Facebook page.