H&S warning to all players for the 2019 Season

Waikato Unicol AFC had a player assaulted last season who was carded for exercising their legal right to self defense (i.e. was being restrained and strangled and needed to break the grip). We asked WaiBOP to overrule the fine and card, however they declined our request. So there are a few points for players to note.

» Official response from WaiBOP CEO on how to avoid being strangled (or assaulted while restrained) without being penalised for exerting a legal right to self defense when unable to walk away:
"The specific answer to your question is no- there is no Waibop approved way for a player to extricate his or herself from the situation you describe."

» WaiBOP referred to the fact that they require a Safety and Security Officer to be supplied by the home team, however players should be aware:
a) WaiBOP had no roles and responsibilities for the Safety and Security Officer
b) WaiBOP had no training for volunteers in this role to keep themselves safe
Hopefully, this is addressed before the 2019 season starts as Clubs cannot meet this requirement without roles and responsibilities and training for these volunteer roles.

So fundamentally, 
» be careful out there - try to stay away from aggressive players & do not contribute to escalating their behaviour
» talk to the referee if players are escalating their aggression (in theory they should control the game and prevent assaults)
» your legal rights and safety appear to be outweighed by FIFA rules - referees and WaiBOP will card you at their discretion so either:
(a) allow yourself to be assaulted, or
(b) be prepared to be carded & fined if you have to strike the aggressor in order to stop the assault
» if not being physically held in place during the assault, players need to walk away
» report any assaults to the police & committee - if you are on the sideline get photos of the assailant to help ID them

Posted on February 21, 2019 .

2019 Final Trials

Mens Waikato Divisions and Sunday League

Thursday 28th February

Thursday 7th March

All trials start 5:50pm

All trials at the University Fields (corner Knighton and Ruakura Roads)

Posted on March 1, 2018 .

Coaches Upskill

It has been a busy first two months for a couple of Unicol coaches.  January saw Hayden Jones attend the New Zealand Football Senior 2/Youth 3 Coaching Course in Rotorua,  building on his previous experience coaching in Rotorua at youth level and in Hamilton at senior level, Hayden will be running the Unicol Development squad in 2018.

In February, adding to last years Goalkeeping level 2 course, Robin Slade has attended the Junior Level 3 coaching course (also held in Rotorua). 

Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hillcrest United junior club last year, Unicol will be looking to develop players in the youth area with Hillcrest.  The Junior 3 course will allow Robin to work with Federation U12 squads, but also develop the foundation skills in 9-12 year old players.

 

 

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Posted on February 14, 2018 .

2019 Coaching Appointments

Waikato Unicol is pleased to confirm the following coaching appointments for the 2018 season

Men's Premier Squad: Dan Goodwin

Women Squad: Patrick Purcell

Men's Reserves Squad: Hayden Jones

Men's Division 1 Development Squad: Matt Stannett

Men’s Division 2: Harland Morris

Men's Vets Division 3: Reid Hall

Men's Division 4 Squad: Scott Walker

Posted on January 13, 2017 .

New Training Areas

Have you noticed the extra lighting on the Ruakura-side of our training fields?
With massive thanks to WUCS for funding the installation of a new light and the rotation of another light, Rugby and ourselves now have more room on our training fields!

Keeping in mind that this new area is to be used  only on crowded training nights, as we want to prevent this area from turning into mud during the wet winter months J

Please see below for our latest Training Area boundaries.

Green Area = Good Lighting Orange Area = Poor Lighting Yellow Area = Rugby Training Area  T1 = New Training Area under new lights for Football & Rugby up to the bench.   *Please continue to be mindful of Rugby’s Training areas – we don’t pay to train on their areas just like they don’t pay to train on ours.  Thankyou J

Green Area = Good Lighting
Orange Area = Poor Lighting
Yellow Area = Rugby Training Area

T1 = New Training Area under new lights for Football & Rugby up to the bench.

*Please continue to be mindful of Rugby’s Training areas – we don’t pay to train on their areas just like they don’t pay to train on ours.  Thankyou J


Posted on July 28, 2015 .