Parents & Caregivers
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Advice, encouragement and support

How to best support your tamariki and rangatahi’s love for the game with simple, easy to understand resources and information that enhance your child’s footballing experience by reducing their risk of injury and providing the guidance you need to best support their development.

Female-specific tips

  • Historically, many assumptions have been made that female players should prepare and perform the same as their male counterparts. This is incorrect!

  • Within our female specific section, we unravel and delve into topics that are specific to the female player and how you can best support your child’s enjoyment and longevity within the game.

Did You Know – Females have an increase in iron requirements compared to their male counterparts. Low iron can result in fatigue, a decline in immunity and reduced resistance to illnesses.

Tamariki-specific tips

  • To enhance the quality of our tamariki’s experience (aged 4-12 years), we need to embrace their passion for the game, improve their fundamental movements and playing skills; all while placing a priority on having fun.

  • With today’s world of technology, we’re seeing more time spent on screens and less time running, hopping, skipping, jumping, climbing, or balancing.

Find out how you as a parent can improve the fundamental movements of your child with some fun games:

To ensure your child enjoys their footballing experience and to help you provide them with the opportunity to learn, thrive, and develop, keeping them on the field, we focus on 2 fundamental areas that severely reduce the risk of injury that will keep them involved in sport for life.

The physical demands of our game, plus the social demands of life, schooling, social environment and any emotional strains, all interconnect and impact upon a player’s overall load and general wellbeing.

See how the most common and debilitating injuries in football impact our game and what you can do to help your players return to play more effectively.

Top Tips For Parents​​​​​​​

  • Warming up is essential to reduce the risk of injury, enhance performance and improve fundamental movements. Ensure 13+ years complete the gold standard 11+ warmup and ages 4-12 complete the 11+ Kids warmup.

  • Ensure your child is having a minimum of one full day’s rest per week. This allows for physical and mental recovery.

  • Aim for 8-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Having adequate sleep assists in performance and recovery.

  • Encourage other sports. Sporting diversification has been found to improve overall sport performance and decrease the risk of injury.
  • Ensure your child has the appropriate gear for the surface they’re playing on.
  • Remember the R.I.C.E.D principle and if an injury is more serious, seek medical advice. No player should play while in pain or carrying an injury.

  • Have a snack ready for your child to consume immediately after training or a game (within 5-10 minutes). This will immediately kick start the recovery process.

  • Understand what ‘load’ is and make the conscious decision to help your child understand what it is.
  • Always remember: These are kids, this is a ‘game’, the coaches are volunteers, the referees are human, it’s not the world cup final.