Football Queensland is pleased to be able to provide the Squirts program. The Squirts program was created to develop the motor skills of 3 to 5 year olds and introduce them to football in a fun and learning way.
This is the only recognised and endorsed program for children under the age of five and therefore participants and clubs will be covered by the State Insurance and Liability program. Clubs are reminded of the risks involved in running non-sanctioned events, as insurance coverage is not extended to non-sanctioned events. In the event of an insurance / liability claim being made by a participant in a non-sanctioned event, cover will not be provided.
If you wish to run a Squirts program at the club, please contact your local Zone administration or Football Queensland for the registration process and program document. The cost of the program from Football Queensland is $5.00 per registered participant.
WHAT IS THE SQUIRTS PROGRAM?
The Squirts program promotes football-based exercise and activity for younger children who are not able to be registered to play in age-specific matches. It can be used as a stand-alone program at specific times during the week or as a way of involving younger family members on weekends while their older brothers and sisters play scheduled matches.
The program is not a “technical coaching” program, but a tempered introduction to the sport of football. The very basics of the game are introduced and experienced by the participants through different drills, practices and games. The total program consists of 50 activities, presented as fun exercises.
The football itself is the main tool and this is utilised as much as possible. Elite players are not the ultimate outcome we are seeking, rather the development of the individual participant’s gross motor skills in ball control, jumping, turning, balance, agility, movement and general co-ordination are all skills to be acquired and improve.
The program will enhance the opportunities for young children to receive quality, consistent coaching. In acquiring basic skills free of competition, participating children will not only learn correct technique but will likely develop a love of the “world game”.