Grassroots Program

Program Description:

Program Description

The Dunbrack Grassroots Program provides players a fun, safe and social experience that promotes a growth of love for the beautiful game of soccer. Many players in this program are experiencing the sport for the first time and the primary goal is for the players to form a connection with the sport. The training sessions have the players moving between skills exercises, physical literacy drills and small-sided games on a rotational basis. The sessions are designed for the players to explore technical development, fair play, and sportsmanship in a fun environment. The Grassroots Program is the foundation for the Skill Centre Program, as well as the pathway into the club’s Youth Programs.

** This summer we have requested additional fields in the Spryfield community.  We hope to have more details on exact fields in coming weeks as HRM allocates our field time. In the event that we are unable to secure additional field allocations in the Spryfield area, we will run our Grassroots Program only in the Clayton Park area.**

Program Details:

Program Details:

U4 Co-Ed:

  • Parent and tot session
  • Open to players born in 2018/2019
  • 1 x 60-minute weekly session
  • Parent selects preferred night (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) when registering
  • Time: 6-7pm regardless of preferred night
  • Location: Sheffield Park Field (47 Meadowlark Crescent)

U6 Boys / U6 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2016/2017
  • 1 x 60-minute weekly session
  • U6 Boys - Tuesdays, 6-7pm 
  • U6 Girls - Wednesdays, 6-7pm
  • Location: Clayton Park Junior High Field (45 Plateau Crescent)

U8 Boys / U8 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2014/2015
  • 2 x 60-minute weekly sessions (1 practice night/1 game night)
  • U8 Boys - Tuesdays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 6-7pm
  • U8 Girls - Mondays, 6-7pm and Wednesdays, 7-8pm
  • Location: Clayton Park Junior High Field (45 Plateau Crescent)

U10 Boys / U10 Girls:

  • Open to players born in 2012/2013
  • 2 x 60-minute weekly sessions (1 practice night/1 game night)
  • U10 Boys - Mondays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 7-8pm
  • U10 Girls - Mondays, 7-8pm and Thursdays, 7-8pm
  • Location: Clayton Park Junior High Field (45 Plateau Crescent)

Season Length 

  • 12 Weeks, June 1 through August 18


  • All players will receive a Dunbrack Timbits uniform consisting of shorts, socks and a jersey, as well as a soccer ball. Uniforms/balls will be given out at the field at the first session. 


  • U4 - $145
  • U6 - $190
  • U8 - $265
  • U10 - $265

Fees include: 

  • Facility costs
  • Technical Leads, coaches and technical staff
  • Player registration/insurance with governing body (Soccer Nova Scotia)
  • Training equipment
  • Administrative fees (operational, registration system, processing)

Registration Deadline:

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is June 30, 2022, however, these programs usually fill up before the registration deadline. 



This program is led by Technical Director David Hannah and assisted by Grassroots Coordinator Rachel McDonaldThe sessions are delivered by some of our most talented youth player coaches who are beginning their coaching journey at the club. These coaches are trained, guided and supervised by our technical lead. Parents often start their journey towards coaching in our Grassroots Programand the club is proud to support our volunteer coaches by providing access to age and program appropriate coaching coursesAll coaches are a part of the Halifax Dunbrack Coach Development Program. 


If you are interested in coaching with Dunbrack Soccer, please contact David Hannah

Program Curriculum:

Program Curriculum

The Grassroots program consists of the following skill building activities: 

  • Striking the ball
  • Running with the ball
  • Athleticism building
  • Reaction training
  • Coordination training
  • 1 v 1 games
  • Intro to small sided games

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid

We are a non-profit soccer club and we strive to balance low program fees with superior coaching and training opportunities. We are proud to offer the following supports for our members:


  • We offer payment by monthly instalments through our Demosphere registration platform. 
  • We support outside funding opportunities available through KidSport and Jumpstart.
  • Dunbrack Soccer offers in-house funding for players through our Everyone Plays initiative for players who have maxed out their annual funding from outside funding organizations.  
  • Members who require further assistance are asked to contact George Athanasiou, HDSC Director of Operations.  

Need to Know:

Need to Know

  • Training schedules are subject to change based on facility availability
  • There will be no make-up sessions or pro-rated fees based on lost training sessions or late registration. 
  • Field closures and extreme weather conditions are beyond our control and can cause training to be cancelled. Members are asked to refer to the Halifax Field Conditions webpage for a daily field conditions update.  
  • Please refer to our Refund Policy in the event that you need to withdraw from a program. 



If you have any questions regarding the Grassroots Program, please contact:

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