Frequently Asked Questions
What is Warwick District Football Association?
Warwick District Football Association was established in 1995 when it moved to its current location at Queens Park, Warwick. The club is known as the Wolves which is featured on the club emblem. The club was formerly known as the Warwick Shire Junior Soccer Club and played at Henry Joppich Park on the Western side of Warwick with only a handful of juniors. The club now has a consistent yearly membership of approximately 500 people, both Male and Female and ranging in age from 4 up to 65.
What equipment does my child need?
All players must wear boots and shin guards for training and games. Black shorts and socks are required for all junior teams and these can be purchased at the clubhouse or at our local sports store. A jersey is provided to all junior members as a part of their membership fees.
What is a Get Started Voucher, how do I get one and what is the best way to redeem it?
Get started vouchers are an initiative of the Queensland Government to provide grants to help kids participate in sports. If you hold a current Health Care Card you may be applicable for reimbursement of fees to the value of $150 per player. You can find out more information from the official Get Started Grants website here. Vouchers can be redeemed in person by printing and handing to a club representative either at time of payment (pay the difference) or after payment (reimbursement).
When do I need to pay my membership fees by?
Fees are preferred to be paid immediately at time of registration either by card or via direct bank deposit. The club has to ascertain age group player numbers as early as possible to allocate teams, create a draw and order playing jerseys for many teams in time for season kick off. The registration process involves your application being assessed and accepted (Active) by the management committee after the membership fees have been paid. Prompt payment and therefore membership activation is greatly appreciated. You are at risk of not being allocated to a team if your membership activation is delayed by membership fee payment.
Warwick District Football Association has a strict NO PAY, NO PLAY policy as you are not covered by insurance until you are an approved financial member.
What form of football will my child play?
From Under 6 to Under 12 children play a simple form of football called Mini Roos Football Games. Teams from Under 13 and above play competitively according to normal FIFA rules.
When will training begin?
The Junior season kicks off each year generally after Easter and usually coincides with the second school term. On this day players are assigned to teams and will meet the coach. The teams may choose to train on any day that suits the team and when the grounds are available and to avoid overcrowding. Lighting is available for night training on certain nights depending on field usage. Our youngest Cubs (aged 4-5) players have a 30 minute training session on Saturday morning followed by a game shortly after.
Who will coach my child?
The club assists coaches to acquire relevant coaching certificates. For the younger age groups, the modified form of football played is very simple. At the younger age levels, the club needs keen parents to volunteer with coaching and management of teams. These duties can be shared as many hands make light work. The club requires coaches and volunteers to register with Warwick District Football Association for free through the My Football Club registration system here. Registration ensures you are covered by our insurance when undertaking club associated activities. Coaches are also required to hold a Queensland Government Blue Card. Blue Card applications for volunteers are free and forms are available here. Your application and proof of identity documents shall be sighted and signed by a committee member before being submitted.
Where will my child play?
All junior games are conveniently played at the Warwick District Football Association fields at Queens Park, Warwick. Senior teams play home and away fixtures against all other clubs in the Toowoomba Football Leagues.
At what times will my child play?
All junior games are conducted on Saturday mornings starting from 9am, all games are generally completed by no later than about 2pm. Our senior teams play on either Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons. Times and dates of senior games can be found on the Toowoomba Football League website.
What if it is raining?
In the event of rain the fields will be assessed by club officials and fixtures and training cancellations and field closures will be announced on our Facebook page as soon as possible. Decisions on whether play are made by the club are final and are to protect the safety of our members and our playing surface which is one of our major assets for enjoyment of the game.
When does the season begin and end?
The junior season normally commences in April and concludes in September, exact dates are announced during the registration process. Toowoomba Football League determines when the senior season start and it is usually earlier in March.
Will my child get a game each week?
It is club policy for all children who play Under 6 to Under 17 to have equal time on the field. If you have any concerns, talk to your coach/manager regarding this. It is also club policy to have teams in each age group that are of equal ability, therefore making the competition as equal as possible and enjoyable for all with no ‘stacking’ of teams.
What facilities does the club offer?
On game days the club provide a canteen with a range of items for purchase, such as hot food, chips, sweets and hot and cold drinks. A NO SMOKING POLICY is enforced in the clubhouse and surrounding grounds. Toilets, showers, shelter and change rooms are provided. First aid kits are available in the clubhouse.
How can I help out my child’s team?
You can help in a number of ways:
- Become a Coach – the club and age group coaching coordinators will provide assistance.
- Become a Manager – every team and coach needs a manager.
- Help with Refereeing – Refereeing of the youngest age groups is generally conducted by parents and volunteers.
- Help with setup/packup – Help with the setting up of goals, corner posts and nets at the beginning of the day so fixtures can begin on time and packing up at the end of the day.
- Help with the players – Be positive and model good sporting behaviour towards your own team and the other team.
- Help in the Canteen on a roster basis – a member of the committee will be available to assist on the day.
- Help with any activities that will ensure all members of our club enjoy their football experience.
Is there an end of season breakup?
The club holds the end of season Break-up on the last day of the season for the age groups up to U13 where children thank their coaches and managers and receive awards for their participation.
A formal presentation dinner is conducted for the older junior age groups, seniors and all past and present club members. The event celebrates the individual and club achievements of the past year. This event is organised by volunteers and acts as our yearly major fundraiser. If you are interested in the organisation of this event or have any fundraising or presentation ideas please contact the committee.
How can I assist the club?
CANTEEN – Every Saturday morning and senior home game we run the canteen with hot and cold food and drinks. Without volunteers in the canteen we cannot give our members the service they deserve.
FUNDRAISING – In addition to the revenue from the canteen, the club will conduct a number of raffles during the season to raise additional funds.
MEETINGS – The Warwick District Football Association has general meetings throughout the year. Any new ideas or how the club can do things differently are welcome. All parents/coaches/managers are a valuable part of the club and are always welcome to attend these meetings.
WORKING BEES – These will be conducted throughout the year when required. Any interested volunteers that may be able to offer their skills are welcome to attend.
TRADESPEOPLE – If you can assist the club in any way for any minor repairs to the clubhouse it would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact any of the committee members to offer your services.
Where do I get Wolves merchandise?
Impress your friends by wearing Warwick District Football Association, “Wolves” merchandise. We have available hats, shirts and jackets. All merchandise is available from the clubhouse.
How is Warwick District Football Association run?
The Warwick District Football Association Management Committee consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Registrar, Sponsorship Coordinator and Grants Coordinator. Management meetings occur on a regular basis throughout the year to govern the club. An Annual General Meeting is held at the end of the year to elect the management committee for the following year. Current management committee members are listed on website here.
What can I do if I have more questions?