Grassroots Program

Program Description:

Program Description

The Dunbrack Grassroots Program provides players a fun, safe and social experience that promotes a growth of love for the beautiful game of soccer. Many players in this program are experiencing the sport for the first time and the primary goal is for the players to form a connection with the sport. The training sessions have the players moving between skills exercises, physical literacy drills and small-sided games on a rotational basis. The sessions are designed for the players to explore technical development, fair play, and sportsmanship in a fun environment. The Grassroots Program is the foundation for the Skill Centre Program, as well as the pathway into the club’s Youth Programs.

The Grassroots Program will be run in the Fairview Junior High School gym for the 2022-23 Winter Season.

Program Details:

Program Details

U4 Co-Ed:

  • Parent and tot session
  • Open to players born in 2019/2020
  • 1 x 55-minute weekly session
  • Day: Sundays
  • Time: 9am-10am 
  • Location: Fairview Junior High School gym (155 Rosedale Avenue)

U6 Boys / U6 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2017/2018
  • 1 x 55-minute weekly session
  • U6 Boys - Sundays, 10am-11am 
  • U6 Girls - Sundays, 11am-12pm
  • Location: Fairview Junior High School gym (155 Rosedale Avenue)

U8 Boys / U8 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2015/2016
  • 1 x 55-minute weekly session 
  • U8 Boys - Sundays, 12pm-1pm 
  • U8 Girls - Sundays, 1pm-2pm 
  • Location: Fairview Junior High School gym (155 Rosedale Avenue)

U10 Boys / U10 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2013/2014
  • 1 x 55-minute weekly session
  • U10 Boys - Sundays, 2pm-3pm 
  • U10 Girls - Sundays, 3pm-4pm
  • Location: Fairview Junior High School gym (155 Rosedale Avenue)

Season Length: 

  • 16 Weeks, October 23, 2022 through February 26, 2023 

Uniforms:

  • Uniforms are only provided with registration during the Summer Season only. Players are asked to wear shin guards and sneakers, and either their Timbits kit from the previous season or gym clothes (t-shirt, shorts, soccer socks). 

Fees: 

  • U4 - $165
  • U6 - $205
  • U8 - $260
  • U10 - $260

Fees include: 

  • Facility costs
  • Technical Leads, coaches and technical staff
  • Player registration/insurance with governing body (Soccer Nova Scotia)
  • Training equipment
  • Administrative fees (operational, registration system, processing)

Registration Deadline:

Registration Deadline

Registration for the Grassroots Program for the 2022-23 Winter Season opens September 1, 2022 and closes October 21, 2022. Space is limited and this program will fill up before the registration deadline, so register early to avoid disappointment. 

Coaching:

Coaching

The Grassroots Program is led by our Technical Director and assisted by our Grassroots Coordinator. The sessions are delivered by some of our most talented youth player coaches who are beginning their coaching journey at the club. These coaches are trained, guided and supervised by our technical lead. Parents often start their journey towards coaching in our Grassroots Programand the club is proud to support our volunteer coaches by providing access to age and program appropriate coaching coursesAll coaches are a part of the Halifax Dunbrack Coach Development Program. 

If you are interested in coaching with Dunbrack Soccer, please contact George Athanasiou

Program Curriculum:

Program Curriculum

The Grassroots Program consists of the following skill building activities: 

  • Striking the ball
  • Running with the ball
  • Athleticism building
  • Reaction training
  • Coordination training
  • 1 v 1 games
  • Intro to small sided games

Financial Assistance:

Financial Assistance

As a not-for-profit soccer club, we strive to balance low program fees with superior coaching and training opportunities. We are proud to offer the following supports for our members:

  • We offer payment by monthly installment through our Demosphere registration platform. 
  • We support outside funding opportunities available through KidSport and Jumpstart.
  • Dunbrack Soccer offers in-house funding for players through our Everyone Plays initiative, for players who have maxed out their annual funding from outside funding organizations.  
  • Members who require further assistance are asked to contact George Athanasiou, HDSC Director of Operations.  

Need to Know:

Need to Know

  • Training schedules are subject to change based on facility availability
  • There will be no make-up sessions or pro-rated fees based on lost training sessions due to school closures, inclement weather or late registration. 
  • Please familiarize yourself with our Refund Policy before you register so you are aware of important deadlines in the event that you need to withdraw from a program. 

Questions:

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Grassroots Program, please contact: info@dunbrack.ca

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