Members of the Liberato Cacace Tour have ended their week-long campaign to New Zealand’s main centres with the presentation of team awards.
As the 27 players and four coaching staff prepared to head home, awards were presented as the squad prepared to leave Wellington.
Congratulations to the following players who received awards on our Liberato Cacace Tour:
- Roman Thorpe and Kaden Auton – joint MVP U10
- Oliver Boltman and Jaxon Low – joint MVP U11
- Xander Hall – Clive Herbert Award
- Jett Douglas – Best Moment Of The Tour
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The tour was named after Ricki Herbert Football Academy graduate Liberato Cacace, now an All White and competing for New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Academy founder Ricki Herbert said the latest tour had been a huge success with players benefitting from a football-focused environment, on and off the pitch.
“We want to thank all the families and supporters who made it possible for these young players to spend time together, sharing an experience that will be with them forever,” Herbert said.
The tour started in Auckland where the squad played two games against Bay Olympic.
The following day, two games were played with Bucklands Beach FC.
In midweek, the squad spent two days in Christchurch with games against sides from Coastal Spirit and Nomads.
The tour wound up in Wellington with games against Karori and North Wellington.
In September, the RHFA will take 58 players on a national tour with a similar schedule.
Ricki Herbert says the tours are an excellent way for players to be immersed in their football for a week but in an environment where they can bond together off the pitch and develop socially.
The academy has been taking national and international tours since 2013.
Our cameras followed the touring squad throughout the week.