Five-club partnership to work with academy in developing players on Kapiti Coast

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A five-club partnership with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy will help develop the next generation of young footballers on the Kapiti Coast.

Five local clubs have united to form an overarching entity called Horowhenua Coastal Football Club (HCFC) who have agreed a three-year partnership agreement with the RHFA.

Former All Whites player and national coach Ricki Herbert says the partnership will provide boys and girls on the coast with well-structured development programmes, run by qualified coaches.

“Our academy is really looking forward to running these programmes for the clubs that have collaborated to give their players opportunities to fulfil their potential,” Herbert said.

HCFC comprises junior and youth players from Kapiti Coast United, Manakau FC, Õtaki Sports Club, Paekakariki Sports Club and Waikanae AFC.

New club president Tracy Nyhan said:

“Over the last couple of years, we have worked to provide a pathway for all players to reach their full potential and provide real opportunities within our area for all players.

“We’re bringing this together this year under the Horowhenua Coastal umbrella.  Being able to build a partnership with RH3 to provide the coaching support and knowledge available to younger players across all five clubs has been a fantastic opportunity to really lift the skills of our players.”

The academy will provide hour-long sessions that cater for children in different age groups, between 9 and 14.

Introducing Bradley Rea

The head of development for the Kapiti Coast region for the RHFA is Bradley Rea who has relocated from the Waikato especially to run the Horowhenua Coast programme.

Rea has worked as a coach for the academy for six years, running on-going programmes and holiday programmes, as well as coaching junior, youth and senior teams.

Having played in the Lotto NRFL men’s competitions, Rea was the head coach for Cambridge FC’s first team in 2022.

Of the partnership between the academy and HCFC, Rea said:

“It’s a great opportunity for RH3 to support the development of players on the Kapiti Coast region.

“I am personally excited to be given the opportunity to support this and thoroughly looking forward to building a solid platform of development across a range of age groups, both male and female.”

The HCFC partner clubs