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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fit4Football is a new programme designed to reduce injury among players.

The winter football season is well and truly underway, and we hope everyone is getting into their groove.

On the senior side of the game, there were some great results for our region’s clubs in the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup recently, which have led to some exciting second round ties. Meanwhile the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership, WaiBOP Championship and other local leagues are ticking along nicely.

The majority of our junior and youth leagues got underway at the start of Term 2, while the new WaiBOP Junior U-12 league, which kicked off in April, already seems to be an unqualified success. Weather has already had an impact and we can only hope it sorts itself out soon.

Concussion is getting a higher profile these days across all sporting codes, and as a result ACC is playing a part in the awareness and management of concussion, in order to reduce the number of incidents. New Zealand Football has recently released a Concussion Policy for the football community. It is important, as parents and club administrators, to keep an eye out for concussion incidents and to manage them accordingly, as concussion can have long-term health effects.

We are strong supporters of the FIFA 11+ programme, Fit4Football, a complete warm-up programme designed to reduce injuries among players. Developed by an international group of experts, the programme should be performed as a standard warm-up at the start of each training session at least twice a week. FIFA 11+ takes around 20 minutes to complete and has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of all injury by 30% and severe injuries by 50%.

You can find out more about the FIFA 11+ programme on our website, or contact Louise Trappitt, Injury Prevention Specialist for the WaiBOP region, at Louise.Trappitt@nzfootball.co.nz to discuss booking a free course.

We receive a lot of comment around cancellations during the winter. We generally do not want to cancel any games as it interrupts the season and upsets everyone’s plans, so please be assured we do not cancel games unless absolutely necessary.

WaiBOP organises games on fields across 12 different local authorities. Each council provides different ground qualities, standards, weather conditions and policies. Our staff does a great job in managing the information flow between the various groups involved. WaiBOP Football is guided by council staff and other people on the ground.

Hopefully the weather plays ball for the rest of the season!

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