Junior Football Coordinator - U6's to U11's

Murray (Muz) Pendlebury

Welcome to Season 2021.

Hi! My name is Murray Pendlebury and I am the Junior Football Coordinator for the VPJAFC. This is my 4th year in this position, and I have been a part of the committee since 2018. I have taken on coaching roles for the past 7 years: 2014 – Under 8’s, 2015 – Under 8’s, 2016 – Under 9’s, 2017 – Roys Coordinator and Assistant Coach in Under 11’s, 2019 - Under 12’s Assistant Coach, 2020 - Under 14’s Community Coach. I have also played AFL since I was 6 years old and only retired a few seasons ago to take on this role.

My goals for the season ahead are to create not just football players but great kids in the community. Our aim as committee members, and as a club, is for the VPJAFC to become a premier junior football club in Queensland. A club with very high levels in coaching, support through our programs and our ABC concept across all levels: A – Attitude, B – Belief, C – Consistency.

Attitude – If you come with a positive attitude and a willing to learn, that attitude will enable you to develop skills and mateship in a team environment.

Belief – If you have belief you will eventually, with persistence conquer any task, at training or on game day.

Consistency – Through consistency and hard work at training, game days become easy showing skills and fitness.

Junior Football is about ongoing participation and development, improvement in skills and creating fun and friendships.

None of this can happen without the volunteer coaches and managers. So, if you are willing to put your hand up as a coach/manager, feel free to contact me. I know the pressure of becoming a coach, as I was thrown in the deep end in 2014 to coach. When you think about it, it is a couple of hours out of the week to make our kids great footy players and to build a community, full of great individuals in which you are already part of.

Season 2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year at VPJAFC and I cannot wait to see everyone out and enjoying this great game we love in the coming months.

Regards

Murray Pendlebury

Junior Football Coordinator

VPSAFC Junior Football Key Points

  • Junior AFL is for boys and girls aged up to 11.5 years, with experience from beginners to advanced, and allows for the gradual introduction of contact.

  • Generally, training sessions are between one/two afternoons on a weeknight and a game played on a Friday night or weekend.

  • Games are played on a much smaller ground, with a shorter playing in time to ensure kids stay engaged and enjoy the experience. Generally, games are made up of 4 quarters at 10 minutes each.

  • Rules are modified to make it as safe as possible while having fun and building skills, including modified tackling and no bumping.

  • Maintaining a ‘footy for fun’ focus, games are not scored until U11.5s (being the final year of junior footy) and do not have a ladder that ranks teams, meaning no finals are played.

  • Season lengths and dates may vary, but generally will run for 10 weeks from April to July with breaks for school holidays

  • Players registered with a local club are covered by insurance, whilst at training and playing.