The junior football program at Castlemaine Football Netball Club provides a good, fun atmosphere and balances that with a quality program providing solid opportunities for development and exposure. We focus on developing skills and fitness and fostering young talent.

Our positive culture is central to everything. We encourage all members of the community to get involved and we pride ourselves on the active involvement of our senior men and women in junior development.

We welcome players of all ages and skill levels. Whether your child is new to football and wants to come and learn our national game or is already experienced and keen to progress their footy in the strongest competition in our area, we can support them.

Our Auskick, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 12 Girls programs are a perfect way for boys and girls just finding their feet in the game to get a great grounding, make friends and get active.

As a Hub for the Bendigo Pioneers Football Club and home to one of the Pioneers’ Junior Pathways Programs, our junior footballers from Under 12 up to Under 16 and Under 18 girls, have the opportunity to further develop their skills and play football at the highest level.

With a strong team of fully accredited coaches, great ratios and first class brand new facilities at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, we can offer your child a great experience whatever their footy experience and their goals are.

Our Home

The Castlemaine Junior Football Club (CJFC) train and play all home games at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, the brand new pavilion was completed in 2018 and includes female friendly change rooms. a kiosk, storage facilities and office space.

Ground lighting, installed in 2018 with assistance from a grant by the Victorian Government and the support of our members and community, is perfect for winter training.

Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, McGrath Street, Castlemaine

Under 9 & Under 10 Football Development

The Bendigo Junior Football League (BJFL) includes an awesome modified program for girls and boys playing Under 9, Under 10 and Under 12 Girls to get to know the game.

Play happens on a reduced size ground and runs for 4 x 10 minute quarters; with no scores, ladders or finals allowed. Modified tackle and marking rules, no smothering, shepherding or barging means kids get to know the game and learn the skills to take them to the next level in a safe, inclusive and fun environment.

Kids can then progress on to our U12, U14 or U16 teams or through to our fantastic junior girls program.

Under 12, Under 14 & Under 16 Football

Our Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 teams provide the next step for junior footballers wanting to further develop their skills.

Junior Girls Football

Our region’s fantastic junior girls program has been expanded this year by the BJFL to include an U12,U14 and U16 competition in recognition of the growing interest in female football in our region.

Under 12 Girls play modified rules (same as the Under 10 boys)


The club’s weekly Auskick program gives even the youngest footballers a way to make a start.

In weekly sessions the kids explore the world of AFL, building football skills and playing in a safe, super fun setting.

When: Sunday 18 April – Sunday 20 June  8am – 9am

Where: Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, McGrath Street, Castlemaine

Cost: $85

Registration: 2021 Registration

CJFC Auskick Co-ordinator: Jason Cordy

0407 705 432

2021 Junior Football Committee

President: Chris Mackenzie

Vice President: Neville Cooper

Secretary: April Jardine

Treasurer: Jason Staples

General committee: Stuart McLennan, Shawn Rixon, Robyn Staples

Junior Football Enquiries

Got a question? Get in touch with us via email at

Or call our President Chris Mackenzie on 0417 551 544

Castlemaine Junior Football

2019 Bendigo Junior Football League Under 16 Premiers. Castlemaine Football Netball Club Under 16s.

2021 Season

Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 Boys and Under 14/16 Girls season begins 24/25 April

Under 9/10 mixed season begins 8/9 May

Season dates can be found here


Under 16  – Mondays and Wednesdays 5.00 – 6.30pm Camp Reserve, Castlemaine.

Under 9, Under 10 and Under 12  – Thursdays 5.00 – 6.15pm Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, Wesley Hill.

Safe return to training

We will conduct training in accordance with the AFL’s Return to Small Group Training Protocols.

The most relevant protocols for players at training and games are as follows:

  • Do not attend training or games if unwell
  • A log, or register, will be used to identify all participants and officials
  • Strictly no sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food, towels, helmets
  • Personal items need to be easily distinguishable, labelled and kept separate
  • Everyone must hand sanitise before entering the oval
  • Everyone must avoid spitting etc
  • Avoid removing mouthguards other than when necessary and take care when removed that no contact is made with another person
  • Disinfect mouth guards after each session and ensure they are appropriately stored
  • Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze (using your elbow)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

We have COVID-19 kits for each team.

Players and families who may not feel comfortable returning to training or play should speak to their coach about opt-out and alternative training options.

Player Registration

It’s essential that all players  register and pay via Sporting Pulse. This is the only method of registration.

When you register make sure you download Team App via the link on the Sporting Pulse page to keep up-to-date with information about CFNC Juniors.

Click here to register now for Castlemaine Junior Football