Welcome to the Junior Section of the Ferrymead Bays website

Hopefully you will be able to find all relevant Junior and Youth information here.

If not please contact Club Captain Ren Cameron.

Mobile: 021 066 1294  

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We are currently in the process of updating information below for juniors/youths for 2018. Some details are finalised for 2018; some are still "work in progress". 


NZF Skills Centre is back for Term 1 2018

The Skills Centre will offer an additional weekly training for junior footballers aged 9 to 12 years through a planned, enjoyable and consistent approach to training, based around principles of long term player development.

The Skills Centre will provide a perfect start for players wishing to reach the highest level and you don't need to be a member of a specific club in order to register. We are aiming to run this in age groups of 9s/10s and 11s/12s alongside each other and also run girls separately if numbers permit.

Please note that for Ferrymead Bays in Term 1 2018 the Skills Centre will be once a week on Tuesdays, starting 13th February.

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GIRLS ONLY Summer Hub - Term 1 2018

The idea is to provide an opportunity for girls aged 5-13 - who may prefer playing in a girl-only environment - to come along and enjoy playing football.

The sessions will involve football coordination activities, technical development and small-sided games.

Girls aged 9-13 who already play are encouraged to join our Skills Centre; the Girls Only Hub is really for girls aged 5-8 and girls aged 9-13 who have little football experience.

For Term 1 2018 the sessions will run for 5 weeks on Tuesdays, starting 27th February.

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This will be in place for premier 13th and 14th grade boys youth teams as the Club aims to enter the newly-formed Premier Youth competition in these grades.

Details regarding trials will be updated on Monday 22nd January.


YOUTH ACADEMY - TERM 1 2017 - (to be updated for 2018)

For some years now we have run a Junior Academy for 10-12 year olds in Terms 2 and 3 of the year.

This year we are introducing a Youth Academy for 13-17 year olds in Term 1 and aim to continue this also through Terms 2 and 3.

This will be held at Ferrymead Park on Mondays from 5.00-6.30 pm.

Details will be emailed to all relevant youth players.

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All registrations need to be completed online. NZ Football is currently implementing a new online registration/management system - this is expected to be operational by 1st Feb 2018 - all Club members will be advised of the new registration process shortly before then.

Any new players/parents who would like to have a chat about aspects of the new season - please feel free to email Club Captain Ren Cameron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 021-0661294.


The 2018 season officially starts on Saturday 7th April - there will be a  break on Saturday 21st April (middle of the school holidays), then competitions will re-commence on Saturday 28th April. There will also be a break on Saturday 14th July for school holidays. The season will end prior to the 1st September.


The Club supplies playing shirts - players need to purchase their own white shorts and Club socks. Anderson and Hill, Barrington Mall are our preferred supplier. Club socks are also available from the Redcliffs Dairy.


Junior/Youth Gradings (see details further below regarding how each specific grade works):

9th grade boys, 10th grade girls and 11th grade girls - we don't envisage any trials for these grades - squads will be formed as registrations come in.


Grading sessions will be held for other grades as per below:

10th grade boys - Redcliffs Park J1 - Sunday Feb 25th 4pm-5.30; Wednesday Feb 28th 4pm-5.30; Sunday March 4th 4pm-5.30; Wedneday March 7th 4pm-5.30.


11th grade boys - Redcliffs Park I1 - Sunday Feb 18th 4pm-5.30, Wednesday Feb 21st 4pm-5.30; Sunday Feb 25th 4pm-5.30; Wednesday Feb 28th 4pm-4.30.


12th grade boys - Redcliffs Park I1 - Sunday Feb 18th 10am-11.30; Thursday Feb 22nd 4.30pm-6.00; Sunday Feb 25th 10am-11.30; Thursday March 1st 4.30pm-6.00.


12th grade girls - Redcliffs Park J1 - Sunday Feb 25th 1.30pm-3.00; Thursday March 1st 4.30pm-6.00; Sunday March 4th 1.30pm-3.00; Thursday March 8th 4.30pm-6.00. 


13th grade boys and 14th grade boys - details to be confirmed soon following announcement of Talent Centre specifics. 


14th grade girls - Barnett Park - Sunday Feb 18th 10am-11.00; Thursday Feb 22nd 6.30pm-7.30; Sunday Feb 25th 10am-11.30; Thursday March 1st 6.30pm-7.30

18th grade girls - the same as for 14th grade girls, as these will initially be joint training sessions.


15th grade boys - details to be confirmed soon.


17th grade boys - Barnett Park - Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm, beginning Tuesday Feb 20th.


19th grade boys - training with seniors at Ferrymead Park - Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Thursday Jan 25th.




  • First Kicks - $80
  • Fun Football - $110
  • Other Junior/Youth Grades  - $140
  • Discounted price for an additional family member in Junior/Youth category - $130


What we offer...

Please note that all players should be playing in the grade which matches them turning that age this year e.g. if the player turns 6 in 2018, he/she plays in First Kicks; if the player turns 8 in 2018, then he she plays in Fun Football; if the player turns 11 in 2018, then he/she plays in 11th grade.


First Kicks for 4-6 year olds and Fun Football for 7-8 year olds

These programmes are run alongside each other at Ferrymead Park from 9am - 10am on Saturday mornings. Children participate in a range of age-appropriate football-based activities designed to let them improve their basic skills while focusing on enjoying their football.

The programmes have been developed based on the NZ Football Whole of Football plan and the sessions are run by parents who have been trained as Game Leaders.

Children don't need any specific playing strip but boots and shin pads are recommended.

We offer an extra mid-week session for Fun Football - details are still to be confirmed for 2018.

This year the programmes will be implemented and overseen by Mens Premier team and Canterbury Dragons player Sebastian Schacht. Initially all queries and day to day email/phone contacts will be handled by Club Captain Ren Cameron.

NOTE: April 7th is the opening day for First Kicks/Fun Football, in line with other junior grades.


9th Grade

This is 7 a side and teams are put together, usually with groups of friends or kids who want to play together, and they play as a team in a league on Saturday mornings.

There are no trials for this grade.

10th Grade,  11th Grade and 12th Grade

Grading sessions are held and depending on their ability, players are placed into A teams, B teams or social teams. They play in either A, B or social leagues on Saturday mornings.

  • 10th grade is 7 a side.
  • 11th and 12th grades are 9 a side.

13th Grade and upwards (Youth Football)

Grading sessions are held where required and players are placed into A teams, B teams, C teams, etc. They play in either Division 1,2, 3, etc., on Saturday mornings. 13th grade is the first grade in which league tables are kept.

  • 13th grade and upwards is 11 a side.
  • Grades for Youth Football this year are 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 19th.


Girls Football

Every grade of football is actually mixed, meaning both boys and girls can play in the same team.

However, there are specific grades available for girls only, which a lot of girls prefer as they are then only playing with other girls.

We offer:

  • 10th grade, for girls turning 9 and 10
  • 11th grade, for girls turning 11
  • 12th grade for girls turning 12 
  • 14th grade, for girls turning 13 and 14 
  • 18th grade, for girls turning 15, 16, 17 and 18 - this is a new grade this year



All of our coaches are volunteers and every year we require coaches for our junior and youth teams. It is a very rewarding thing to do and our Club will pay for coaches to go on appropriate coaching courses.



We have previously had teams attending the Kanga Cup international tournament in Canberra in July. In 2017 the 13th grade girls Flames team attended the McCartney tournament in Taupo.

We are entering a team in the boys Auckland City 17s tournament in Auckland in March.

We will be entering teams in the Christchurch International Cup in July, in each of 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th grades.

We will be entering teams in the newly-created South Island Football tournaments for boys 10th-16th grades and girls 12th, 14th and 17th grades in October.

We enter the Waimak girls-only tournament in July.

We enter teams in the 9th grade Waimak festival in September.

We enter a team in the Coastal Spirit Lotto u-19 tournament in October.

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