Mini Gladiators runs on Saturday mornings all year from 8am to 9am at Brisbane City FC, Newbery Street, Newmarket. The sessions are designed children from 2/3 – 5 years old for fun and enjoyment but will also stand them in good stead to play in a team for the following season. As the children develop they are monitored by our qualified coaches (who in turn are monitored) so they are gaining maximum enjoyment from the sessions. Naturally some show exceptional ability and we invite those to take part in our Junior Gladiators program which is organized games for 6-7 year olds. In 2018 more than a number of our 5 year olds were also playing in the under 6/7 competition, having been identified as capable of doing so. Others stay in the MiniGladiators program and simply enjoy playing with their friends. No child is moved from the program before being parents are consulted and agree.

All of the children enjoy these sessions as they are designed to take our youngsters on their football journey by playing enjoyable games. The games are fun based, while teaching children the essentials of football, – first touch, 1v1, running with the ball and striking the ball  and simultaneously they improve balance and agility. At the same time they learn essential life skills of socializing with other children, respect for coaches, discipline, awareness and most of all enjoyment.

What makes us different from most clubs are these sessions are run by qualified paid coaches (not parents) who are led by FFA C licensed coach Tom Kenny. Other coaches include National Premier League players Jake Clancy, Marquez Walters and Cooper Liange along with assistants from our SAP (elite youth) program who all make sure the children are fully engaged. While our coaches are involved with the games and running the session our SAP kids (ages 9-12) play individual games with those children who are a little more shy or less engaged than others (usually the newer children)

We run the program all year round throughout the 4 school terms starting on 9th February. You are welcome to come along at your convenience, and we totally understand not everyone is able to come along every week, hence the cost for the program is just $395 for the whole year. This includes all sessions 10 per term (which are made up if it is cancelled due to rain) and a full BCFC playing kit. It also includes a game day experience where the kids have changing room tours, meet the players and head coach (former Socceroo) John Kosmina, then are game day mascots for a home NPL game. The fee also includes our end of season presentation day and medal / photo.

For further enquiries email: minigladiators@brisbanecityfc.com.au

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