The Ricki Herbert Football Academy is broadening its range of support for players by providing coaching and mentoring for players between the ages of 15 to 17.
Since its foundation in 2014, the academy has concentrated on player development of boys and girls mainly in the 6-14 age group.
But the growth of the academy, and a need to help players to transition from youth to senior football, has led to the additional focus on mid-teen players.
Founder Ricki Herbert said: “We’ve been working with many young players for up to six years now and many of them have spent almost all their football journey with us.
“It’s great that as they get to the age where they face the step up to senior football, they still look to us for support.”
The RHFA operates from centres in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, New Plymouth and Bay of Plenty and has a number of partnerships with clubs.
“Many players in the 15-17 age group are technically competent, but face the challenge of adapting to playing against senior players, whether they are men or women.
“We think it makes sense that we help those players take that step with confidence, so they can compete at the highest level they seek to play.”
Herbert said the academy would also look to take an U-17 squad on an international tour in 2021 to help with the players’ development on and off the pitch.
The academy will formally open registrations to courses and programmes for players between 15 to 17 from August 1.
Players seeking more information are welcome to contact the academy.