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 Coaching Sub Committee - Kevin Nash & Alan Schrijvers
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 Coaching Sub Committee memebers 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 Club Chairman works with the coaching selection panel to select and appoint our coaches each season.
Our Coaching panel 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 2015 New Zealand Football Coaching Course Programme, qualifications and coaching pathways offered by Capital Football.
Please contact Kevin Nash or Alan Schrijvers 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 Kevin or Alan in the first instance via the contact page of this website.
Junior Level Coaching Courses
Fun Football (Grade 7 & Grade 8) - Introduction to Junior Coaching (FREE)
Mini Football (Grade 9 to Grade 12) - Junior Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses ($70 pp)
Youth Football (Grade 13 & Grade 14) - Junior Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses ($70 pp)
Coaches who are coaching travel league teams must attain a Junior or Youth Level 2 coaching certificate.
Senior Level Coaching Courses
Youth Football (Grade 15 to Grade 19) - Youth Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses ($70 pp per module)
Senior Football - Senior Level 1 Coaching Course ($120 pp)
Please note that LHCAFC will reimburse you for the registration fee once you have payed and received an invoice from Capital Football. Please advise Kevin Nash or Alan Schrijvers if you wish to register for one of these courses.
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 will be runing regular ASB Holiday Programmes throughout the year. Run by our coaching team the structured programmes encourage participation, skills development and fun in an inclusive and positive environment. 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 ASB Holiday Programme - run by Lower Hutt City AFC will be run in the 2015 September school holidays.
Week 1: Monday 28th September - Friday 2nd October
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 2015-16
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. 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. 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 Renee Fortune
Please refer to the ‘contact us’ section for Renee'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.
The new season is fast approaching and 2016 registrations for all junior girls and boys, and seniors are now open!
From 2016, all players, coaches, managers, referees and volunteers must register online using the NZ Football National Registration forms via Goalnet.
This season sees a HUGE change for us at Lower Hutt City in the way our registration process will take place. This year in a country wide directive from by NZ Football, all players (First Kicks through to Masters), coaches, managers, referees, club officials and volunteers must register on-line so there is a more consistent (and correct) data base across all clubs in Aotearoa/New Zealand.....no more paper forms to compete, return or post back.
How can I register?
You can register EITHER by using the links below to the online, OR by heading along to one of our registration days below
Fraser Park Clubrooms
Sunday 31st January 10.00am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 3rd February 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Sunday 7th February 10.00am - 12.00pm
Juniors: First Kicks 3-6, Mixed grades 7-14
Seniors: U17 (Note: for U17s registration, players need to be 14 years or over on 1st January 2016 and under 17 years on 1st January 2016)
Which grade should my child play in?
Your child will be placed into a grade based on their year of birth (not their school year) i.e if your child has turned 11, or will turn 11 this year they will play in the 11th grade
- First Kicks - children born 2010-2012
- 7th Grade - children born 2009
- 8th Grade - children born 2008
- 9th Grade - children born 2007
- 10th Grade - children born 2006
- 11th Grade- children born 2005
- 12th Grade - children born 2004
- 13th Grade - children born 2003
- 14th Grade - children born 2002
What options are there for girls?
Mixed Football: Girls can play in mixed age grades (boys and girls together in teams)
Girls Only: Open to players from 7th grade and up – and played on Sunday mornings
Mixed and Girls only: Girls can choose to play both, meaning playing both Saturday and Sunday
In addition, girls also have the option to play down one grade up until the 14th Grade, in addition girls aged 16 may play down two grades. Please ensure you select which league(s) your daughter would like to play in and if they wish to play down a grade. Please note: there is no requirement to play down a grade. If you are unsure please contact us to discuss the best option.
How do I pay my subscriptions?
At the time of registering online. Payments via credit card incur a 3.9% processing fee.
In person at the registration days: we accept cash, cheque (made payable to LHCAFC), or eftpos.
Internet Banking into the club’s account ANZ: 060 – 513 – 0131700 – 00. Please use your First name, Surname, and 2016 grade as your reference details.
The trial dates have been finalised for all grades 9 - 14. While we encourage grading to place players with those of like ability, it is not compulsory. Please check here for your trial date and time
All players wishing to trial MUST be registered with Lower Hutt City AFC prior to the trial dates.
Lower Hutt City AFC offers a number of addtional programmes for children: ASB Holiday Skills Programmes, Football Improvement Centre's (F.I.C), Goal Keeper Training Group and Goal Keeper Private Lessons available,
and Football n Schools.
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. For all club inquiries please contact Renee Fortune on 027 6420036