Melville Academy evening: Tuesday Nov 29

The new Melville United Football Academy starts taking shape on Tuesday, November 29, with an information evening at the Gower Park clubrooms at 7pm.

Co-coaches Michael Mayne and Sam Wilkinson will make an audio-visual presentation to U-14 players and their parents explaining the structure of the academy, the philosophies behind it, and its points of difference with other academies.

The Melville United Football Academy is designed as an elite programme which will work on the principle of having the best local players training and playing with each other, with the 2017 intake currently restricted to the 14th grade age group.

Mayne, who has recently returned from serving as assistant coach to the New Zealand women’s team at the U-20 World Cup tournament in Papua New Guinea, said it was exciting to be in the first stage of academy formation at Melville.

“This is a major step in providing a link to top-level football,” he said. “Sam and I believe that with our experience working with elite youth players both domestically and abroad, we have something special to offer committed and talented players at local level”.

“The information evening will allow us to set out our plans, and address any questions around our long-term vision”.

The academy will address tactical development and physical development within a full coaching curriculum, offering individual learning plans, player reports, video analysis, and game days.

The Melville United Football Academy is set for a February start.

Mayne holds an Oceania B Licence in football coaching and will complete the OFC A Licence in 2017, while Wilkinson – who has worked professionally at West Bromwich Albion in England as U-14 coach and at Birmingham City FC as full time U-16 coach – has a Uefa A Licence.

Players can still register their interest in the academy via the “development’ tab at the www.melvilleunited.co.nz website.

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