Scott Bult specialises in coaching girls and women, having worked with female teams since moving to the Waikato from Auckland.
Since his move to the region, he has coached various age group teams for the Cambridge and Hamilton Wanderers clubs, and an under-14 federation squad.
After coaching the Wanderers women’s reserves, he stepped up to coach the club’s Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League squad for 2022, taking them to the Kate Sheppard Cup final.
Bult also coaches the Sacred Heart first XI in Hamilton and works with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy, helping with the development of female players.
“I have a busy schedule, to put it mildly,” he explains.
With matches on the weekend, Bult coaches every weeknight except Mondays.
While he has a full schedule, he believes it vital to properly manage the training workload for female players.
“It’s vital they are not put at risk of injury through overtraining,” he says. “Player welfare has to come first.”
As a player, Bult played at the highest domestic levels in New Zealand, playing national league football for Waitakere City and winning three national titles with the club in the mid-1990s.
He also has two winner’s medals in the Chatham Cup, New Zealand’s oldest club competition.
Since retiring from playing at the age of 45, Bult has focussed on coaching and his aim is to work through the national qualification process to earn an A-level coaching licence.
“I’m grateful to the people I’ve got helping me, principally Ricki Herbert and Joe Hinds. It’s essential to have support and to be able to learn from others.”