Herbert opens Strathal­lan academy

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

ACG Strathal­lan will be­come home to the coun­try’s new­est Ricki Herbert Foot­ball Academy (RHFA) Tal­ent Cen­tre.

Based in Karaka, ACG Strathal­lan will be­come the ninth RHFA Tal­ent Cen­tre in New Zealand.

For­mer New Zealand in­ter­na­tional and pro­fes­sional foot­baller and coach Ricki Herbert joined ACG Strathal­lan prin­ci­pal Robin Kirkham at the school to fi­nalise the part­ner­ship and meet with some of the school’s as­pir­ing stu­dent foot­ballers.

Herbert’s fa­ther, Clive, 82, a long-time foot­ball coach who lives in Pa­pakura, vis­ited along­side his son.

Clive is in­volved in the foot­ball acad­e­mies, chiefly as a men­tor.

The new part­ner­ship will pro­vide two coach­ing ses­sions a week with a pro­fes­sional coach from the Ricki Herbert Foot­ball Academy from Oc­to­ber.

The cur­ricu­lum, which cov­ers all age groups from five to 18, has been de­vel­oped by Herbert.

Ses­sions will take place at ACG Strathal­lan and schools and clubs around the area will be in­vited to be in­volved.

ACG Strathal­lan prin­ci­pal Robin Kirkham said the phi­los­o­phy was to get as many young peo­ple as pos­si­ble out there in­volved in foot­ball and play­ing games.

‘‘It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to be a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for foot­ball in South Auck­land and pro- vide a chance for a much wider range of kids in the area to play foot­ball and ac­cess coach­ing at a high stan­dard.’’

The tal­ent cen­tre of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to re­alise their po­ten­tial over a pe­riod of time, Herbert said.

‘‘It’s sim­i­lar to ed­u­ca­tion in that it’s of­ten not in­stan­ta­neous, so there’s an align­ment be­tween what both the school and the cen­tre are about.’’

Herbert said he hoped the new cen­tre would at­tract as­pir­ing play­ers from Ma­nurewa, Pukekohe, Drury, Waiuku, Pa­pakura and Karaka among oth­ers.

Ricki Herbert is a for­mer New Zealand in­ter­na­tional and pro­fes­sional foot­baller who has rep­re­sented New Zealand at FIFA World Cup Fi­nals both as a player and as a coach.

His acad­e­mies of­fer coach­ing, in­ter-cen­tre com­pe­ti­tions, hol­i­day pro­grammes and na­tional camps and they have part­ner­ships with top English club Ful­ham and foot­ball clubs in South Amer­ica.

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