The Melville United Football Academy provides a unique opportunity for young players to accelerate their development and reach their potential as footballers.

2018 has already begun to take shape in the club’s elite academy. We are pleased to announce the academy will accommodate an U11, 12,13,14, & 16 boys teams,  as well as an U14 girls team. The Academy players first event together will be working with West Bromwich Albion’s Academy coach, Ash Malcolm. Ash is visiting NZ for two courses, the first held at Gower Park from January 18th-20th. Following this, a group will head to Auckland on the 28th to play a friendly against the NZ Junior Football Ferns. It is a busy start to the 2018 year and more information regarding the programme will be here soon. For any inquiries, please email


  • A unique full time coaching curriculum
  • Elite level qualified coaches
  • Individual player reports
  • Full training & playing kit
  • Individual learning plan
  • Individual physical development programme
  • Game days
  • Advanced holiday training camps
  • Video analysis programme



Michael is a former Melville United Player, Waikato FC & Waitakere United national league player, and NZ age group representative, Michael has returned to the Waikato after 8 years living in Auckland. Michael holds a degree in Coaching and Physical Education and a range of coaching qualifications including the OFC B License.


Sam is a former Melville United, Waikato FC and Auckland City player, Sam recently returned to New Zealand after six years of coaching in the English Academy system. During that time Sam worked at West Bromwich Albion FC as the U14 coach and more recently at Birmingham City FC as the full time U16 coach. Sam is a holder of the UEFA A License and the English FA Youth Award.