Former New Zealand international and professional footballer and coach Ricki Herbert (right) joined ACG Strathallan Principal Robin Kirkham at the school this week to finalise the partnership and meet with some of the school’s aspiring student footballers.
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 ACG Strathallan 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.
ACG Strathallan will be the country’s ninth RHFA Talent Centre.