Profile: Kale Herbert

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Kale Herbert is the Technical Director for the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

Based in Cambridge, Kale is ideally located to work with all the Talent Development Centres in the North Island and is used to combining travel with helping the academy’s coaches work with developing players.

Having moved from Wellington to Taupo in 2015, he was appointed first team coach at Taupo AFC for the 2016 season, with the club achieving promotion from the WaiBOP Championship and a return to top football in the WaiBOP Premiership.

For the summer of 2017-18, he assisted RHFA founder Ricki Herbert in coaching the Hamilton Wanderers national league side. This led to his appointment as head coach of Wanderers’ winter side to play in the Northern League Premier Division.

In the summer of 2019-20, he took over from father Ricki as the head coach of the Hamilton Wanderers team playing in the ISPS Handa Premiership, becoming one of the youngest coaches ever in the New Zealand national league.

Kale is an avid Liverpool supporter and England midfielder Steven Gerrard remains his favourite player.

His favourite moments in football were both from New Zealand’s successful FIFA World Cup campaign in 2009 and 2010. He relished watching the All Whites, coached by his father Ricki, beat Bahrain in a packed Westpac Stadium to qualify for the finals in South Africa.

His other top memory was watching New Zealand draw 1-1 with Italy, the defending World Cup champions, in South Africa.

Kale’s best moment with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy was launching the Clive Herbert Challenge Cup in 2015.

“It was a high priority for me, with Clive having done so much for RHFA staff and players over the years,” Kale said of his grandfather’s contribution to the academy. “It’s fantastic to have something that represents his hard work.”