Sig­mund’s new foot­ball role


Sup­port­ing ju­nior foot­ball play­ers on and off the field, is key to keep­ing them en­gaged in the game says for­mer All Whites and Welling­ton Phoenix cen­tre back Ben Sig­mund.

He has just been ap­pointed as the foot­ball de­vel­op­ment man­ager at North Welling­ton AFC.

Ini­tially an ad­vi­sory role with the se­nior foot­ball club, Sig­mund aims to work as much as pos­si­ble with ju­nior play­ers to pro­vide a blend of foot­ball and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘I guess for me it is about lift­ing the stan­dards,’’ Sig­mund said.

‘‘I am sure we’ve got all the good

‘‘One thing I missed out on as a pro­fes­sional was hav­ing the help and guid­ance off the field.’’

coaches and a re­ally good vi­sion, but it is re­ally help­ing im­ple­ment the vi­sion.

‘‘One thing I missed out on as a pro­fes­sional was hav­ing the help and guid­ance off the field.’’

He be­lieves clubs can stop ju­niors from drop­ping foot­ball when they leave school by pro­vid­ing life skills, from fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and goal set­ting to im­prov­ing re­silience and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

He says tack­ling ju­nior play­ers in­di­vid­ual needs will help them reach their full po­ten­tial.

‘‘[We] want to keep these kids play­ing foot­ball and of­fer them a good fu­ture, not nec­es­sar­ily [just] a good player, but a real per­son.

‘‘I truly be­lieve it is about giv­ing peo­ple a bit of ser­vice and love.’’

Sig­mund was part of the New Zealand All Whites team from 2000 un­til 2014 and a Welling­ton Phoenix player un­til 2015.

He cur­rently plays for Cash­mere Tech­ni­cal, but North Welling­ton is hop­ing he will progress to on-field in­volve­ment with North Welling­ton’s Pre­mier team in 2017.

North Welling­ton AFC is part of a foot­ball part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Onslow and North Welling­ton ju­nior foot­ball clubs, and New­lands and Onslow col­leges.

The North­ern Hills Path­way aims to pro­vide a smooth tran­si­tion from first kicks through to mas­ters foot­ball.

‘‘We see the chance to work with Ben and pro­vide some value added op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple as a real pos­i­tive for ev­ery­one in­volved,’’ club chair­man David Rayner said.

‘‘We have a part to play as the des­ti­na­tion club for chil­dren and youth in the area and hav­ing Ben avail­able is a part­ner­ship that we value.’’


For­mer All White, Ben Sig­mund has joined the North Welling­ton AFC, pic­tured here with North Welling­ton Club Chair­man David Rayner.

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