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