Welcome to our club
We hope that you enjoy getting to know us and we look forward to seeing you soon.
To the Hutt Valley’s premier football club!
With over 850 football mad members from first kicks through to junior and senior elite and age group representation we are a passionate, successful and progressive footballing community.
We actively promote the benefits of all aspects of the game to our members and also to our local community through our successful football in schools programme. Our safe and supportive club environment encourages participation, fair play and fun whilst supporting all players, teams, coaches and administrators to reach their full potential.
If you think that our club is for you and would like to become part of a supportive, progressive and dynamic football community then please don’t hesitate to contact us or register online.
Where is our club
Wanna find us?
Lower Hutt City AFC has a new temporary home.
After calling Bell Park home for nearly 93 years our club has transferred its operations to our new temporary home at Fraser Park. The Taita Cricket Clubrooms at Fraser Park will be known as Fraser Park Clubrooms and will become our new temporary clubrooms during the football season. Our indoor training facility will remain as our coaching base until our new permanent home at the Fraser Park Sportsville Complex is completed.
Please feel free to pop down and say hello.
For our actual geographical location please click here.
For the Fraser Park ground and field layouts please click here.
Reaching your potential!
Our professionally run coaching and development programmes are a key focus for our club and are overseen by our Director of Coaching Brendan McIntyre.
We pride ourselves on the quality pathways that have been developed to ensure the success of our players from our junior first kicks and fun football programmes through to our local, regional, national and international junior and senior representatives.
Our junior players not only receive quality coaching within their individual teams but also attend regular coaching clinics and academies as they progress through the grades. A squad based training system for our older grades strengthens the quality of the club’s player development programmes.
The club has close links with Capital Football and their development (Federation Talent Centre) programmes and has club representation on both the junior and senior advisory panels.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of our player development programmes at Lower Hutt City AFC please contact our Director of Coaching Brendan McIntyre via the contacts page of this website.
Coaching for success
Coaching for success!
Our club prides itself on the quality and effectiveness of its coaching development programmes. Our director of coaching Brendan McIntyre works with the coaching selection panel to select and appoint our coaches each season.
As our club’s director of coaching Brendan supports and advises our coaches on their skills development and regularly attends training sessions and games to observe coaches and players and offer advice where required. All Lower Hutt City AFC coaches are required to up-skill where necessary and gain any specific coaching qualifications by attending regular Capital Football coaching and development clinics. The calendar for coaching courses being run this season by Capital Football will be available shortly. Please click on this link for further information regarding the 2014 New Zealand Football Coaching Course Programme, qualifications and coaching pathways offered by Capital Football.
Please contact Renee Fortune or Sean McGarry to discuss registering for any applicable courses available.
Coaches please note that there will be a pre-season coaches evening to be held at the Fraser Park gym prior to the start of the season. You will be notified of the date and time asap.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss coaching opportunities at Lower Hutt City AFC please contact Brendan McIntyre or Kevin Nash in the first instance via the contact page of this website.
Junior level 1 coaching course
Capital Football is hosting a junior level 1 coaching course on Wednesday 16th April 6:30-9:30pm at the Capital Football Office, Memorial Park, Petone. Please click here to register.
The course is applicable to all junior coaches who are coaching teams in the 9-12 year age group. Coaches who are coaching travelling, promo or JPL teams must attain a Junior Level 1 coaching certificate. Please note that LHCAFC will reimburse you for the registration fee once you have payed and received an invoice from Capital Football. Please advise Sean or Renee if you have registered for this course.
Staying in control.
Club based referees play a vital role not only within our club but also within the wider footballing community. Our club is extremely supportive of our referees and encourages them to update their skills and qualifications regularly in order to meet regulatory standards of practice and to ensure the ongoing development of the game.
Please note that course information will be updated on this page throughout the season.
Our club would not function effectively without our army of volunteer referees and we are always on the lookout for new referees across all junior and senior grades.
If you think that you would like to become a referee or are an experienced referee looking for new challenges please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.
Develop new skills and stay active in the holidays.
Lower Hutt City AFC runs regular school holiday football programmes throughout the year. Run by our director of coaching Brendan McIntyre and his professional coaching team the structured programmes encourage participation, skills development and fun. The programmes are held at our indoor training facility at Fraser Park giving us the flexibility to offer the programmes year round without having to rely on the weather to play ball.
The next school holiday football programme will be run in the first week of the April school holidays.
Please see a list of ages and times below;
The programme runs from Mon 21st April – Fri 25th April
Group 1: Years 13 & 14 – (8.30 - 10.30am) – Mon - Fri
Group 2: Years 8, 9 & 10 – (10.45 - 12.45am) – Mon - Fri
Group 3: Years 11 & 12 – (1 - 3pm) – Mon - Fri
Cost: $60.00 per child
Please click here to download a registration form.
Developing pathways for our junior players.
Player development is of paramount importance to the ongoing and future success of our players, teams and club. Age grade academies are held throughout the year by our director of coaching at our indoor training facility at Fraser Park to compliment and extend the skills gained by the players in their individual team environments.
Please contact us for more information regarding our player academies for 2014.
Primary school kids
2 lines of players
Meet the executive team
Keeping LHCAFC up and running!
We would like to introduce our clubs executive committee under the leadership of club president Jim Baxter. Combining their extensive range of professional expertise these volunteers are the unsung hero’s of our club who ensure the effective governance and ongoing success of Lower Hutt City AFC.
Please refer to the ‘contact us’ section for individual contact details.
Meet the junior team
Keeping the junior club up and running.
We would like to introduce our clubs junior committee under the leadership of our junior chairperson Sean McGarry. This talented team of dedicated volunteers oversee the governance and day to day operation of all aspects of the junior club and are committed to its ongoing development and success.
In order for us to ensure the ongoing success of our junior club we are seeking interest from anyone who would like to join the junior committee for season 2014. Responsibilities are divided equally among the committee and we meet regularly on the 2nd Monday of each month during the season.
If you are interested in finding out more about the junior committee please contact Sean McGarry in the first instance.
Please refer to the ‘contact us’ section for Sean’s contact details.
Meet the director of coaching
Coaching our club to success.
Player development at all levels within the club is a key priority for LHCAFC and is led by our director of coaching Brendan McIntyre and the coaching committee.
A successful junior player in his own right in the UK for both Celtic and Norwich Brendan transitioned into a career as a professional coach more than 15 years ago. Brendan has been Lower Hutt City AFC’s director of coaching for over 6 years and is the head coach of the clubs senior men’s team.
During his tenure at LHCAFC Brendan has overseen the development of hundreds of talented footballers including players who have gone onto play for New Zealand age group teams, the Phoenix and several Scottish league teams. His strategic football development skills are a huge asset to our entire club from first kicks and junior academies through to senior men’s and women’s teams.
Brendan leads the club’s coach selection committee in the selection and appointment of the clubs senior coaching staff and ensures that there are quality development pathways and coaching support available to all coaches throughout the football season. Brendan also oversees the club’s successful football in schools and school holiday programmes which are available to children from the wider Wellington region throughout the year.
Please feel free to contact Brendan if you have any relevant coaching or player based questions during the season.
Director of Coaching
We are still seeking several players for our 12th, 13th, and 14th grades. Please see the registration form below.
Please note the season 2014 registration fees as follow;
First Kicks: $50 per player per term. (The 2014 season encompasses 2 terms)
Grades 5 – 14: $90.00 for 1 player, $170.00 for 2 players from the same household or $240 for 3 or more players from the same household.
Please refer to the ‘contact us’ section if you have any further questions or require further information.
Getting in touch with the team.
We would love to hear from you so please don’t hestitate to contact us for further information about our club, your playing options or to discuss any other queries or questions that you may have.
Director of Coaching