Need to Know - June 12th - June 18th




United DFC Need to Know - June 12th - June 18th, 2024

 

Introducing Safe Space Soccer for U13-18: Join Today!

United DFC Soccer is pleased to offer a unique program designed for teenagers to come together and enjoy soccer with friends, fostering inclusivity regardless of gender, experience, or skill level. Whether a seasoned player or new to soccer, everyone is invited to join in this inclusive and gender-neutral environment. Our program creates a welcoming space where youth can freely engage in kick-around soccer, free from judgement or gender-related constraints. Join us once a week for camaraderie, skill-building, and pure soccer enjoyment. This is a kick around session. If numbers permit, we will run multiple games and players can choose their level and intensity. If not, we will play one inclusive and fun game where all are welcome.


Details:
- Start Date: Friday evenings, June 7- August 23
- Time: 6:45-7:45 pm
- Location: Cole Harbour High Grass Field, 2 Chameau Crescent. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2W 4X4
- What to Bring: Dress for soccer with shin pads, cleats, and water. UDFC will supply the equipment.
- Fee: $60
* Players do not need to play for a UDFC team to register for his program.

To register visit udfc.ca - choose REGISTER- Under Season choose SAFE SPACE SOCCER

  https://www.udfc.ca/content/Safe-Space

 

Mini Programs: Looking for Coaches, Picture Days, and More

Mini Parents:

Our mini program is booming at over 1200 players between U2-U9. We have 88 teams and over 150 coaches! We are always looking for more coaches. Email miniprogram@udfc.ca if you would like to help out. Many hands make light work. 

UDFC has a mini program website that has answers to many of your questions including "Why do we rotate through stations?" and "What is game night and how does it work?". The answers to these and all things minis are posted on this site. Check it out.

Our Mini Teams are having their team and individual photos taken for free by the club in June this year. All photos will be uploaded and will be accessible at no charge by the families on each team. The schedule is here. Once the minis are done, our photographer will visit other teams as requested. These aren't professional photos but they have been turning out well. 

Soccermania

Save the date: Soccermania is on July 5/6th. It should be a great event. We are looking for prizes and sponsorship. If you would like to promote your business to over 1200 local families through this event, please email fawnm@udfc.ca. We are looking for adult volunteers to work a shift with the canteen and youth volunteers to help out on the field. Email emmab@udfc.ca to help.

 

Skill Centre Festival: Volunteer Reffing Opportunity for U13+ Players

United DFC will host 3 skill center U8/9 festivals. We are looking for volunteer game leaders - Ages 13 and up. If your player would like to experience "reffing" a game to see if they like it - please email emmab@udfc.ca. There is a festival at MicMac this weekend 8am-2pm.

 

U5 to U11 Community: Special Development Programs Open for Registration

United DFC is excited to offer a special developmental program for our U5-U11 mini and community players! This $50 program will take place on Saturday mornings at Portland Estates, providing an excellent opportunity for your young soccer stars to enhance their skills and enjoy more soccer action. 

The three add on programs offered for our community players are going very well. We still have space in all programs. These programs are designed for young athletes who are in the mini and community program but want more soccer and technical training on the weekends.

 

  • Little Legends Physical Literacy, U5-U6, 45, 9-9:45 am
    • Registration Code: U5/U6LL
  • Future Footballers Ball Mastery, U7-U9, 9-9:55 am
    • Registration Code: U7-U9FF
  • Basics to Brilliance ball Mastery, U10-11, 11-11:55 am
    • Registration Code: COMMBM

 

Social Media: Share your United DFC Moments

Please remember to tag us in your United DFC social media posts! Photos can also be sent to katies@udfc.ca to be shared with our community. 

 

Volunteer Appreciation - Nominate Today!

At UDFC, we know our volunteers are the heart of our club. We want to acknowledge volunteers (or teams of volunteers) who go above and beyond to make a positive experience for our players. Please use this form to tell us why the person (or people) you are nominating are so special. Thank you for your time.

Please click this link to nominate a volunteer today!

 

Men’s Beginner Kick Around - Register Now

Our Men’s Beginner Kick Around is open to anyone born in 2006 or earlier that would enjoy (re-)learning and playing soccer. This initiative is designed to provide an inclusive space for men who wish to learn soccer in an environment that prioritizes safety, support, and encouragement.

Registration is now open. Please visit our website udfc.ca to join today.

 

Women’s CONCACAF C Licence Opportunity - APPLY NOW

In collaboration with Canada Soccer’s AccelerateHER program, Soccer NS proudly announces that they will be hosting our first-ever Women's only CONCACAF C Diploma. 

Designed to empower women in the soccer coaching community, providing them with essential training, support and certification, this course is only available to Nova Scotia residents. It will be offered at no cost to all participants. This includes: 

  •     Cost of the course and evaluation
  •     Respect in Sport - Activity Leader training
  •     Travel and accommodation (where applicable)
  •     Providing of on-site childcare
  •     A designated Coach Mentor for each participant

The C Diploma develops the student coach’s capacity to meet the demands of coaching grassroots soccer and is the entry licence to the Advanced Coach Education Pathway. The course will provide both theoretical and hands-on training, model sessions from some of the country’s leading Coach Developers, and networking opportunities, all designed to enhance the learning experience.

The C Diploma will be conducted through a series of online and in-person sessions, offering a flexible and comprehensive learning experience.

A full syllabus can be found on the Canada Soccer website through this link. 

There are 30 spaces available for this diploma and candidates can apply here

For more information, please contact marisa@soccerns.ca

 

June 27 PD Day Camp

There are still a few spaces for the June 27th PD Day Camps. Participants can choose from two locations - Dartmouth and Cole Harbour. All Soccer Day Camps will take place 9 am - 5 pm (with drop off beginning at 8:30 am) at $40 for the day.

PD Day - Dartmouth

  

Halifax Wanderers FC - Discounted Tickets for UDFC Members

The Halifax Wanderers have partnered with local clubs to provide discounted tickets to home games! United DFC members can purchase tickets to upcoming games through this link.

 

Extended Office Hours - Thursday evenings through Summer

We will extend Club Office Hours to include Thursday evenings from 5-6 pm through the summer months. 

Please check the late Thursday opening dates below to avoid disappointment:

  • June 13th
  • June 20th
  • June 27th
  • July 4th
  • July 11th
  • July 18th

  

Canada Sports Institute Atlantic - TrueSport Nominations CLOSING SOON

The Nova Scotia True Sport Athlete Ambassador Program (NSTSAAP) is heading into its fourth year! This program continues to engage and inspire a diverse cohort of athletes, who believe in and live the True Sport Principles on and off the field of play. This program is a partnership between Sport Nova Scotia, Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. This program only takes nominations from Support 4 Sport vip coaches!

All Support4Sport vip coaches are encouraged to nominate an athlete (or multiple athletes separately) that meet the following criteria:

  • The athlete is currently participating in Nova Scotia (member of their local sport organization) and is a minimum of 15 years old (as of November 2024);
  • They have coached the athlete; 
  • The athlete and Support4Sport vip coach are available to attend training and photoshoot on November 2nd in HRM;
  • The athlete and Support4Sport vip coach are able to promote True Sport and the NSTSAAP on Instagram with a public profile 
  • The athlete consents to a social media check through Sterling Backcheck; and,
  • The athlete and Support4Sport vip coach agree to actively participate in the program from November 2024 to December 2025, which includes social media posts, community events within their region, and ambassador meetups.

To be considered, Support4Sport vip coaches must nominate their athletes by JUNE 17, 2024 using this form. Likewise, nominated athletes must complete this form by JUNE 17, 2024.

Interested in nominating but aren't a Support4Sport vip coach? Reach out to allisons@csiatlantic.ca.

 

Individual Technical Development Program

United DFC’s ITD High-Rep Program is currently open for registration:

This program is designed for players seeking to work on their individual development. The program curriculum for U9-U12 players is centered on high-touch ball manipulation work. The program curriculum for U13-U18 players is focused on high-repetition technical work, which will expand on ball mastery to include passing, finishing, 1v1, 2v2, aerial control, etc.

Find out more, including June’s 2-day options and our Atlantic University Sports Players as Coaches HERE!

 

Summer 2024 High Performance Camps

Registration is currently open for High Performance Camps! United DFC High Performance Players have access to enhanced supplementary training, furthering their development in the beautiful game.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

 

Sign up for Summer Goalkeeper Training with Keith Partridge or Yann Fillion

Block 1 of UDFC's Goalkeeper Academy Partnership with Yann Fillion is underway - registration for Blocks 2 and 3 remain open! ($250 for twice per week for 9 weeks)

Block 1 of UDFC Goalkeeper Training Program with Keith Partridge is underway - registration for all blocks is open in RAMP ($40 for once per week for 4 weeks - read more below!)

CLICK HERE for more information regarding program details, eligibility, tentative schedules, and how to register.

 

 

Goalkeeper Weekly Training Sessions with Club Goalkeeper Coach Keith Partridge


The program will run in monthly blocks with weekly training sessions. Players will be grouped based on age and ability, with schedule shared dependent on registrants.

Each training block has a theme as follows:

May - agility/footwork and handling

June - plyo and low dives

July - distribution and block/spread saves

August - 1v1s and save selection

September - parries, punches and high dives

Participants:

U10-U18 players

The cost is $40 per month-long block, which includes coaching, facility and equipment

CLICK HERE for more information regarding program details, eligibility, tentative schedules, and how to register.

  

Mini Program Reminders

May 5th: Last day to submit friend requests

June 3rd: Sessions begin (pending fields opening June 1)

Weeks of June 10 & 17: Team Photos at the field

July 6 (rain date 7th): Soccermania (festival)

August 17 (rain date 18th):  Soccer by the Sea (festival)

Week of August 19th: Last week of program - “Player vs Fans” game night

 

Summer Camp Reminder

United DFC’s Summer Camps are open for registration now, for players ages 6 - 12.

Available spots are being filled quickly.

Register in RAMP while spots are still available!

 

Gear Collection

We are currently accepting new or gently used gear at our office that you no longer need. 

Any gear dropped off will be offered to any members who are in need. 

We will accept cleats, shin pads, gently used socks, shorts, training shirts, jerseys (GK jerseys too!) , tracksuits, hoodies, etc. as long as it is still in good condition. 

 

Social Media Campaigns - We need your help!

United DFC is launching social media campaigns for coach and player recruitment. The most effective way to spread the word to the audience we want to attract is for our members to INTERACT with our posts. On Facebook, it is as easy as commenting or sharing and the post will show up in your feed for others to see. On Instagram, please view, like and comment. We can't express our appreciation enough for members who do this. #UnitedDFCFamily

 

Looking for Testimonials - SHARE YOUR STORY

We want to hear YOUR story! Share your experience as part of the #UnitedDFCFamily and let's celebrate the #UnitedDFCExperience together! Plus, as a big thank you, we're giving away awesome gifts to those whose stories we feature! Don't miss out on your chance to share the love and snag some sweet swag. Let's make memories together! #ShareYourStory #GratitudeGesture. Send a few sentences and a photo we can use on social media to katies@udfc.ca or click here to fill out the form. (along with the gift you would prefer).

 

Entry Level Referee Course 2024

  • Block 1 - Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules - click here to access the Canada Soccer registration portal
    • Registration and payment will be through Canada Soccer
    • Cost is $50
    • Attached is a guide to help manage the registration process for Block 1
    • Block 1 must be completed prior to registration and participation for Block 2
  • The minimum age to apply for the Entry Level Referee Course is 14 years of age at the time of registering for Block 1 - Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules.

For additional information on the Entry Level Referee Course, click here. We are currently in the process of updating the information now that the link for Block 1 - Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules has been provided. Please check often for updated information over the next few weeks.

 

Upcoming Bridge Closures

The MacKay Bridge will be closed for four weekends to allow maintenance and inspection projects that cannot be done when the bridge is open to traffic.

The Angus L Macdonald will also be closed for maintenance during one weekend and will be closed at other times to accommodate community events.

The MacKay closures will take place:

  • Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. - Monday, June 17 at 5:30 a.m.
  • Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. - Monday, June 24 at 5:30 a.m.
  • Friday, July 5 at 7 p.m. - Monday, July 8 at 5:30 a.m.

 

The Macdonald Bridge will also be closed at these times:

  • Sunday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for MACPASS Miles road races and Bridgewalk 2024.
  • Monday, Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon as part of the Natal Day Parade route.
  • The full weekend closure for maintenance work at the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge will begin Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. The bridge will reopen to traffic Monday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 a.m. 

 

Check out our partner, OK Tire:

Read more about our partnership here.

 

Office Hours (Thursday extended to 6 pm through Summer)


Social Media Channels

Please follow our social media channels and like/tag/share/comment on any posts that resonate with you. This is a small thing you can do that will help the club a great deal. 

Instagram: @UnitedDFC

Facebook: @UnitedDFC

Twitter: @UnitedDFC

TikTok:  @UnitedDFC

YouTube: @United DFC

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