Club partnership opens opportunities for players and coaches

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A  partnership between two clubs in Northland and the Waikato will deliver benefits for players and coaches in New Zealand’s upper North Island.

Northland club Kamo and Waikato’s Hamilton Wanderers have entered into an agreement to work together for the benefit of players and coaches at both clubs.

The partnership opens the way for player exchanges, sharing of expertise and knowledge and for involvement at tournaments.

Kamo chairman Chas Flower said:

“This exciting partnership for Kamo fits well with the club’s vision to provide a verifiable pathway to maximise the potential of individuals.

“The partnership creates an environment devoted to developing young players to their fullest potential. The alignment with RHFA and Hamilton Wanderers is a great asset and a step forward for the club.

“This is a benchmark for football development in the upper part of the North Island.”

Wanderers chairman Dave Douglas said:

“It’s another exciting partnership for our club off the back of our strategic partner relationship announcement with RHFA in 2021, and one that will offer development opportunities for players who may not have the pathway to Northern or National League football.

“Unfortunately, COVID robbed us of an opportunity to host teams from Kamo in 2021 but we look forward to being able to do this in 2022.”

Both clubs are pleased to have long-term partnerships with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy to help with the development of coaches and players.

RHFA founder Ricki Herbert says: “It makes sense for the partners to work together. There are always going to be opportunities where one of the partners can be helped by the others.”

Herbert said all three organisations were committed to helping young players to develop as footballers and as individuals, and that common purpose would fuel the working relationship.