News & Updates
Welcome to the new year and we hope everyone has had a great Christmas. Our thoughts are with all the people that have been impacted by the recent and ongoing bush fires.
With the smoke and the poor air quality that has been around Canberra since December 2019, the Committee made a decision to cancel the Junior Preseason Program for 2020.
Registrations for the U10 - U18 grading are now open.
We have yet to hear the official start date for Juniors but we expect it will be near the first weekend in May.
The first round of Seniors is expected to be played in the first week of April 2020.
Belnorth Grading (U10 - U18)
For the 2020 winter season grading for U10 - U18 will be on Saturday the 15th of February 2020 at UC oval 5. There will be an independent group doing the grading for BNFC.
Players who do not register with BNFC, will not be able to grade on the day.
Please note the first 20 minutes is to ensure that players have been checked in and a bib number has been provided. The preference is for parents to drop their children off, check them in and then leave them with the independent group as this will help the children to do their best at grading.
- U12 (boys and girls) 8.00 am - 9.30 am
- U11 (boys and girls) 9.30 am - 11.00 am
- U10 (boys and girls) 11.00 am - 12.30 pm
- U13 & U14 (boys and girls) 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm
- U15, U16 & U18 (boys and girls) 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
All players must be registered to play at BNFC from U10 - U18 age groups before they attend the grading process. Players who do not register or attend the grading session will be placed in a team of the lowest division for their age groups.
Players who do not wish to grade and want to play football, please nominate the players that you would like to play with for the 2020 season.
The grading process is critical to ensure that each player is placed in a team where they will have opportunities to enhance their football skills in a competitive environment according to their development needs.
For existing, new players, coaches, referees and volunteers please register at PlayFootball.
BNFC recommends that players are graded in their age group as it helps the players develop their skills and gain confidence. Players should not be grading at higher age groups.
If you have any questions about grading please email email@example.com. The grading policy for 2020, can be found at the link below.
Belnorth Coaches and Managers 2020
Coaches and Managers are important to any football environment. Without the coaches it is difficult to develop football players.
If you are interested in coaching or managing a team for 2020 please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce the following coaching courses below. If you are a new coach, an existing coach, a parent that would like to coach or any juniors please register on the Belnorth website.
New coaches can attend the skills training certificate and then the grassroots.
Coach the Coaches Training Courses
Registration is now live for our courses for next year. Go to belnorth.com/coach-the-coaches to register now.
SKILL TRAINING CERTIFICATE – SKILL ACQUISITION PHASE (3 nights):
For coaches training 9-13 year old players
- Tuesday 3/03/2020 6pm-9pm
- Thursday 5/03/2020 6pm-9pm
- Tuesday 10/03/2020 6pm-9pm
MINIROOS (GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL) CERTIFICATE – DISCOVERY PHASE:
For coaches training 5-9 year old players
- Tuesday 7/04/2020 6pm-9pm
Working with Vulnerable People
A reminder that all coaches, managers and volunteers are required to have a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. For more information on how to obtain a WWVP card, go to the WWVP page at Access Canberra. It is FREE for volunteers. The ACT Government will be conducting spot inspections from April at both training nights and on game days. It is important that your WWVP card is with you at all times.
Belnorth Developing Junior Coaches
One of the aims for Belnorth in 2020 is to develop junior coaches from Belnorth players. The aim is to develop these juniors coaches, where they will be able to coach teams U6 – U9. There will be a mentoring program with senior coaches.
For this to work, Belnorth still requires parents to be Managers and support these junior coaches. Belnorth will invest in coaching courses and ensure that these junior coaches are accredited.
We are also fortunate to have Esperance Anderson, who started as a junior coach, volunteering to be a mentor for our junior coaches:
"My name is Esperance Anderson and I have been associated with Belnorth – playing and refereeing – for 15 years. Despite my age – 19 years old – I have also been coaching Junior Football for the past seven years; which is where many may recognise me from.
Even from a young age I have always respected and looked up to my coaches, who have had such a major influence on my choice to be a coach as well. I began coaching when I was 13, when one of my younger brothers was in an U6’s team, after watching my Mum coach him the season before. Just watching the enjoyment and teamwork of the players throughout that first season as a coach was a major boost for me to continue for seasons to come; despite the early mornings."
If you are interested in being mentored in the 2020 Winter season then please contact me on email@example.com
Belnorth Developing Junior Referees
One of the aims for Belnorth in 2020 is to develop junior referees from Belnorth players.
Referees are a crucial part of the game. Belnorth has a long history in developing referees, including 2006 FIFA World Cup Referee Ben Wilson.
Matthew Willington is the Referee coordinator for Belnorth and the focus for 2020 is to mentor and support current and new game leaders.
Refereeing offers a great opportunity to build an understanding of the game, stay fit, develop confidence, earn pocket money and even get you to the World Cup.
If you are a junior player who loves the game, looking for a first job, or a parent who spends plenty of time running the line and wants to be involved, then refereeing is for you!
Capital Football offers two different entry level courses.
- Game Leaders for children aged U13 & U14, refereeing U8 - U 11
- Level 4 referees for those who are 14 years of age +, refereeing full field matches (U 12 - U 18)
Please go to https://capitalfootball.com.au/referee/referee-training-programs/entry-level/ if you are interested in becoming a referee.
If you have any questions, please contact the Referee Coordinator Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Belnorth Key Contacts
To help guide your query/request to the right committee member please contact the following people:
- Minis registrar (under 5-7s): email@example.com
- Rooball Registrar (under 8-9s + Just for Girls): firstname.lastname@example.org
- SSG Registrar (under 10-11s): email@example.com
- Competitive Registrar (under 12-18s): competitive@belnorth.
- Seniors Registrar: seniors.registrar@
- Operations Manager (training equipment/shirts): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grounds Manager (ground bookings): email@example.com
- Referee Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO): email@example.com
Please consider directing your query/request to the right e-mail address before sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Belnorth Committee/Volunteer Roles Vacant
There are four vacant roles which we require to be filled. The committee are all volunteers and this is required to continue to run Belnorth during the winter and summer competition.
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to help and be a part of the committee.
- Vice President
- Senior Registrar
- Grounds Manager
- Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Role
There are three forms of communication that Belnorth utilises to provide information to players and parents.
We're also open to suggestions on how we can improve with communication.
Belnorth Club Sponsorship Opportunities
Opportunities now exist for interested businesses who are considering sponsoring Belnorth teams. Sponsorship enables businesses to advertise their products in newsletters and on team jersey’s and enables our club to replace old, damaged or aging equipment.
If you are interested in the opportunities that sponsorship offers at Belnorth please contact our President at firstname.lastname@example.org