Former New Zealand international and professional footballer and coach Ricki Herbert joined Principal Robin Kirkham at our school this week to finalise the partnership and meet with some of our school’s aspiring student footballers.
Mr Herbert’s father, Clive, 82, a long-time football coach who lives in Papakura, visited alongside his son. He 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 Mr Herbert. Sessions will take place at ACG Strathallan and schools and clubs around the area will be invited to be involved.
“The philosophy is to get as many young people as possible out there involved in football and playing games,” said Principal Robin Kirkham. “It gives us the opportunity to be a centre of excellence for football in South Auckland and provide a chance for a much wider range of kids in the area to play football and access coaching at a high standard.”
Mr Herbert said the Talent Centre offered opportunities for children to realise their potential over a period of time. “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.”
He hopes the new centre will 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. They have partnerships with top English club Fulham and football clubs in South America.
Our school will be the country’s ninth RHFA Talent Centre.
Information Evening – ALL WELCOME:
Thursday 15 September, ACG Strathallan, 6pm.
To register or find out more, please contact Sheryn Botherway at ACG Strathallan:
Phone: 09 213 5412