Hamilton Wanderers and the Ricki Herbert Football Academy have confirmed they have formally extended their partnership agreement for five more years.
The two organisations have been working together since 2019, focussing on ways to improve the quality of coaching to help develop young players at the club.
RHFA’s founder Ricki Herbert and general manager Braedon Makgill have helped Wanderers develop a five-year plan to build on the achievements so far.
“Hamilton Wanderers are very happy to extend our strategic relationship with RH3 for the next five years to work with our club’s TPD/Academy players,” Hamilton Wanderers chairman David Douglas said.
“Over the last five years, RHFA has worked closely with our club, assisting with holiday programmes and the coaching of our junior and federation age group players.
“Now that we have achieved TDP status with NZ Football, it made sense to sit down with Ricki and Braedon to discuss the future and ensure that our relationship moving forward was one that suited the changing needs of our club but also still kept those initial foundations of our relationship intact, especially given how closely Ricki and other academy coaches have worked within our club over the last five years.
“RH3 is going through a significant and impressive period of growth as a leading academy in the country and it’s great that Hamilton Wanderers gets to work closer than ever with the academy as it enters its exciting new phases.
“As a club, we are proud that we have played a small part in the growth of the academy through club opportunities and we love to see the great work that they are doing both at our own club (Joe Hinds, Scott Bult, for example) and elsewhere in the country (Kale Herbert, Dylan Morris, Bradley Rea, Phil Auton).”
Ricki Herbert said the academy was proud of its work with Wanderers, having seen young boys and girls make progress into the club’s senior elite teams.
“We’d like to thank Wanderers, and in particular, the families and supporters of the players, for making the programmes successful,” Herbert said.
Main photo: Ricki Herbert (left) and David Douglas with Wanderers’ Quality Club Mark, awarded by NZ Football.