A second player from the Ricki Herbert Football Academy is heading to London for the chance to experience a training camp with top English club Fulham FC.
Albie Francis-Alles, who has been part of RHFA’s New Plymouth Talent Development Centre for several years, was selected for the trip after impressing Fulham FC Academy Coach Dave Wright.
Wright saw Francis-Alles in action at the recent RHFA National Camp in Taupo.
RHFA head coach Kale Herbert said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Albie.
“He has applied himself extremely well and his application and dedication to learning and developing over a number of years has been rewarded.”
Francis-Alles was a member of the RHFA U-11 side that won its age group section at the Sydney Youth Cup tournament last season.
He becomes the second Fulham-bound player from the academy after Tauranga’s Mirko Brinkmann spent three weeks with the English Championship club early this year.
He trained twice a day except on Fridays and Sundays when the Fulham academy organised matches.
The training was intense, he said, but he enjoyed it. The academy had players under 12 but also older players who were there on Under 18 scholarships.
In the second week, Brinkmann needed to use the club’s physiotherapy facilities and it opened his eyes to what was available.
At the end of week three, he got to play for Fulham’s U-12s against Chelsea U-12s, one of the highlights of his trip.
And what’s Mirko’s advice to others who get the chance to travel to Fulham next?
“Get the most you can out of it – make the most of everything.
“It’s a great experience.”