RHFA to work with Manawatu academy to open new opportunities for youngsters

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Emerging Manawatu footballers are to benefit from a partnership between a Palmerston North-based youth academy and the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

The Red Sox-Massey Academy was established in Palmerston North in 2022, with the aim of providing a development programme for “like-minded players who were in love with the game.”

“No trials are held; the only thing required being a positive attitude and a passion for the game,” the RSMA says.

This year, the RSMA has grown to more than 90 players aged 7-14.

“Forming a relationship with an established group such as the Ricki Herbert Football Academy will give our players even more opportunities than they have already,” RSMA Director of Football Adam Rose says.

Main photo: Adam Rose (left) with Ricki Herbert.

“Ricki Herbert is a name well-known throughout New Zealand football and having seen the way his academy coaches work with their players, we saw how they approach things in a very similar way to us.

Bradley Rea.

“Their academy’s passion for football and allowing players to develop in a safe, fun and supportive environment really fits with how we try and do things. It will be great to see how this link-up develops over the next few years.”

The RHFA’s Head of Development for the Kapiti Coast region, Bradley Rea, said:

“Adam and his academy are doing a fantastic job creating opportunities for young footballers in their region.

“With the support of the RHFA, we believe we can help build even more of a pathway for young footballers who have the desire to take their football to the next level.”

Rea said participation in national camps, domestic and international tours and scheduled holiday pogrammes, were examples of how the RHFA could extend the opportunities to boys and girls in the Manawatu.

Players at the Red Sox-Massey Academy.

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