Skills cen­tres the key for foot­ball


The New Zealand Foot­ball Skills Cen­tre is a devel­op­ment pro­gramme that has been specif­i­cally de­signed for the ‘‘fu­ture’’ foot­ball player.

There are skills cen­tres avail­able in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions this win­ter.

One, at Claude­lands Rovers FC, has al­ready been re­leased, with more to fol­low across the Waikato.

Coaches help ac­cel­er­ate the skills of the se­ri­ous Kiwi foot­baller with ses­sions de­signed to fit our unique cul­ture.

The pro­gramme is un­der­pinned by NZ Foot­ball’s Play­erCen­tred coach­ing ap­proach, which means ev­ery player will be treated as an in­di­vid­ual and re­ceive the best coach­ing avail­able.

I’d en­cour­age foot­ballers keen on tak­ing part to visit our web­site to find out more and to sign up.

Please note, the skills cen­tres have re­placed what used to be known as the ‘‘rep pro­gramme’’.

We re­ceived some great news for WaiBOP goal­keep­ing re­cently when our own Max Tommy was ap­pointed Goal­keeper Coach for the New Zealand Foot­ball Women’s U17 team.

Also on the goal­keep­ing front, it’s fan­tas­tic to have Ge­or­gia Candy and Rylee God­bold (both from the WaiBOP re­gion) in the wider squad as they build to­wards Novem­ber’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Uruguay.

WaiBOP goal­keep­ing is on the rise. WaiBOP of­fers a range of Com­mu­nity Coach Ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses. These in­clude Ju­nior In­tro­duc­tion, Level 1 and Level 2 cour­ses, Youth Level 1 and Level 2 cour­ses and Goal­keeper cour­ses.

For more in­for­ma­tion about all these visit the coaches sec­tion of the web­site: www.wai­bop­foot­

Clubs and schools should also look at con­tact­ing WaiBOP’s Player Wel­fare Of­fi­cer, Louise Trap­pitt, to or­gan­ise an 11+ or 11+ Kids course.

The FIFA 11+ is a com­plete warm up pro­gramme de­signed to re­duce in­juries among play­ers.

Coaches will re­ceive some new re­sources plus some RICE (Rest, Ice, Com­pres­sion, El­e­vate) packs.

The Fit4Foot­ball team has ex­panded their pro­gramme and also of­fers re­cov­ery, fe­male ath­lete and nutri­tion work­shops for clubs who have hosted a course.

Just fi­nally, WaiBOP Foot­ball’s AGMwill be held on Mon­day, June 18, 2018 at Brian Perry Sports House, 52 Ako­ranga Road, Win­tec Ro­tokauri Cam­pus in Hamil­ton. I look for­ward to see­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the foot­ball com­mu­nity there.

Karyn Walters is the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of WaiBOP Foot­ball, one of seven dis­trict Fed­er­a­tions that leads, in­spires and de­liv­ers foot­ball in New Zealand. WaiBOP cov­ers the Waikato, Thames Val­ley, Bay of Plenty and King Coun­try re­gions. Visit wai­bop­foot­


Karyn Walters says more skills cen­tres for foot­ball will be­gin around the re­gion.

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