ABOUT FIRST DOWN
The First Down Program curriculum consists of eight one-hour sessions, specifically developed for younger children. The sessions develop fundamental movement skills like running, throwing, catching and kicking among children under the age of eight. The program incorporates football related movements, activities, and skills to help build physical literacy in a safe, non-contact environment.
WHY PARTICIPATE IN FIRST DOWN?
Football Canada’s First Down Program helps get kids under the age of eight moving and active while having fun. The goal is to help develop their movement abilities and foster further participation in physical activity or sport.
The skills that the children develop are not specific to football, though they are taught in a football “environment”, and are designed to help guide these young athletes to develop as well-rounded athletes regardless of what their primary sport may be in the future,
WHERE AND WHEN
The program is usually run in partnership with our member, community-based football clubs, and takes place at their home field locations. There is no equipment required by the participants aside from decent running shoes (soccer cleats are acceptable for better traction).
First Down may be offered during the spring each year, however most clubs offer First Down from August through to the end of September.