Matamata Swifts AFC is promoting registrations for the 2016 junior soccer season. Intending players are encouraged to sign up now by visiting the club’s website and filling out the simple-to-use online form.

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The Swifts’ Junior Co-ordinator, Ronan Costello, said the club is looking forward to another vibrant year of soccer in Matamata. “It may seem early to be signing up to play a winter sport, but with things like grading and team selection, along with an early Easter and then the April school holidays, it’ll be the start of the season before we know it,” said Costello.

“We’ve got a lot to offer young sports people this season. Not only will we be keeping subs at the same level for 2016, and in the case of Mini-Kickers [ages 4 to 7] lowering them considerably, we also have a lot of other programmes to help our junior Swifts improve as players.”

Girls’ football is a particular focus in the Waikato during 2016 with the establishment of girls’ only leagues in several age grades. “This gives us the opportunity to offer girls only teams, which have been proven in other parts of the country to increase enjoyment and involvement by females in soccer,” explains Costello. “Hopefully we’ll see the same interest here in Matamata.”

On the youth front, the Swifts are looking to establish both boys and girls under-13 teams. “The boys under-13s will take part in a Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation-wide league, with games played on Sundays. That an excellent standard and an obvious next step for some of the top young players we have in town,” said Costello. “We also see there’s an opportunity to field a girls under-13 team in the Waikato leagues, played on Saturday mornings.”

The club will be taking registrations at the club’s Open Day, which will be held at the Matamata Domain on the afternoon of Saturday March 5. “I’d encourage players who may be interested in soccer but are not sure about getting involved to come along to our Open Day for a look. Have a play and ask some questions and then, if they like what they see, they can sign on.

“Players should register on-line this season, but we’re more than happy to sign them up in person at the Open Day if that’s their preference,” says Costello. “We’ll also be taking late registrations on our Junior Grading Day, which is scheduled for Sunday March 13.”

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