Academy coach Bradley Rea will be head coach for Matamata Swifts’ first team next season.
The appointment is part of a growing relationship between Matamata Swifts AFC and the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.
“With Brad, we’re not only getting a first-team coach,” says Matamata president Dwayne Barlow.
“The plan is he’ll be in town several days a week as we look to expand our community and talent development programmes. This is something I’ve been working towards for a while now.”
Ricki Herbert Football Academy director Ricki Herbert was keen to grow his relationship with the Swifts and sees Rea’s increased involvement with the club as a natural progression.
“As an academy, we’re looking for new opportunities and Matamata was always on our radar,” explained Herbert.
“We already have a great relationship with the Swifts, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to find a way to offer a greater level of opportunity for local footballers.
“Along with his other responsibilities with the academy, Brad will run our programmes in Matamata alongside his first team role.
“This will allow local youngsters the chance to receive quality coaching without having to head out of town, while also giving aspiring players a greater level of access to some of the other things we offer, such as our ID camps and national and international tours.”