Melville appoint top youth coach

Melville United have signed a leading youth development coach for their 2018 Academy programme.

Simon Tyndel, former Perth Glory sports scientist and Watford F.C Academy coach, has been appointed to the dual role of Melville academy coach and sports scientist.

Melville chairman Bruce Holloway said Tyndel’s appointment – starting in mid-January – was significant for the club.

“The appointment of a third highly qualified coach to the Melville United Football Academy is foremost a vote of confidence in the work coaches Sam Wilkinson and Michael Mayne have initiated at this level,” he said.

“The advent of the academy has added an important new dimension to the club, but has also presented the challenge of how we grow it without compromising quality.

“In that respect Simon is a very important addition to the club.”

Tyndel has a longstanding relationship with Wilkinson and Mayne, having worked with the pair at various stages in the UK and New Zealand.

Tyndel worked with Wilkinson as a coach educator at Premier Skills Coaching before relocating to New Zealand where he teamed up with Mayne as head sports scientist for the NZ U-20 Women’s team.

Wilkinson said it was a major coup for the club to lure someone with Tyndel’s skill set and experience.

“Simon is effectively leaving a full-time role in professional football to come and join our programme,” he said.

“It is incredibly hard to find outstanding coaches and sports scientists within New Zealand, so to appoint someone who ticks both those boxes is a fantastic acquisition for the club.”

Tyndel is no stranger to the youth development scene in New Zealand having previously worked on the NFF and NZF National and Regional Talent Centres.  He believes the work Mayne and Wilkinson have started at Melville United makes this an exciting challenge.

“I’ve worked with Sam and Michael in the past and we share the same philosophy and beliefs on player development,” Tyndel said.

“I’ve been closely following their progress at the club and their vision for the Academy and the wider club is what makes this role so exciting.”

The Melville United Academy programme was formed at the end of 2016 and has seen 28 of the region’s most talented young footballers training and playing regularly at the club throughout the year. 

Mayne said the appointment of Tyndel was important, with the Academy looks to grow and expand in 2018.

“Growing the number of age groups we run within the Academy has always been part of the club’s plan. However, we have said from day one that we would never compromise the quality of the coaching on the programme just to add more players or teams.

“Simon coming on board enables us to add up to three new teams and around 40 new players to the programme in 2018.”

As part of this growth, the Melville United Academy will be running U11, U12, U13, U14 and U16 age groups in 2018. Tyndel, along with Mayne and Wilkinson will coach across all the age groups as well as implementing and delivering the physical development component of the programme.

Tyndel spoke of his role as academy sports scientist.

“We want to implement a physical development programme that is specific to the individual player and has complete relevance to football.  A lot of programmes fall into the trap of being a bit generic or one size fits all. 

“We don’t just want all the players jumping over hurdles or running through ladders, we want to meet each individual’s physical needs while making sure everything we do with them is contributing to their development as a footballer.

“I’m really excited about this challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

Tyndel will be making a brief visit to Melville later this month, ahead of his January start.

Meanwhile the Melville United Academy will be holding the following trial sessions in Term 4, 2017:

• U11 (2007’s) Mon Oct 30th – Mon Nov 27th – 4:00pm-5:15pm.
• U12 (2006’s) Wed Nov 1st – Wed Nov 29th – 5:00pm-6:15pm.
• U13 (2005’s) Wed Nov 1st – Wed Nov 29th – 5:00pm-6:15pm.

To register for the trial sessions please email academy@melvilleunited.co.nz with the player’s name, DOB, current club and a contact phone number.

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