Young footballers represent region
The Tararua Junior Football Hub became a triangular competition in 2015, when Pahiatua Football Club joined neighbours Woodville AFC and Dannevirke Sport Club.
Since its inception the Tararua hub has produced a number of Manawatu¯ representatives, but in 2018 a record number of 12 club players accepted an invitation to Central Football Manawatu¯ ’s Federation Talent Centre.
The FTC programme involves a big commitment with training held from August to the end of November at Ashhurst Domain. Tournament days are held with Whanganui, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.
“It’s been extremely satisfying for the Tararua football clubs to see our young talent on display and reaffirms that playing in a local competition does not limit the young player’s progression within football,” Tararua Recreation Advisor Kelly Christensen, volunteer manager for Manawatu¯ FTC 14 Girls team said. “The number of Tararua girls in the FTC programme has also been pleasing, as the district clubs have worked hard to encourage more girls to give football a go.”
Manawatu¯ FTC 10 and 11 players (left to right back) Jorja Fountaine (Woodville AFC), Lilly Reynolds, Pippa Moore (Pahiatua FC) (front left to right) Regan Christensen, Abby Jacob, Brodie Bennett. Absent — Nevaeh Batchelor and Amber Mahoney (all Pahiatua FC).
Manawatu¯ FTC 14 Girls (Left to right) Holly Christensen (Pahiatua FC), Tyla Doyle-Nikora, Piri Henderson (Dannevirke SC) and Emma Teulon (Woodville AFC).