Young players in west Auckland will have more opportunities to develop as footballers following a new partnership between Te Atatu AFC and the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.
The club and the RH3 academy will deliver the Te Atatu Development Programme for players aged 7-14 from Term 2, 2023.
The programme will provide Sunday afternoon sessions for young players, and will also include school holiday programmes.
RHFA’s Auckland head coach Dylan Morris said he welcomed the chance to work with the Te Atatu club which has a strong focus on player development.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to help players make the most of their potential,” Morris said.
Participation in the programme would open opportunities for Te Atatu players to attend the RHFA National Camps, at which more than 150 players gather each year.
Players will also be able to take part in national and international tours organised by the academy.
Morris said he was particularly grateful for the help provided by Te Atatu’s Junior Delegate, Tracey Vye, in the establishment of the partnership.