English Premier League club coach coming to Melville

Melville United are delighted to announce that Ash Malcolm, academy coach at English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, will be coming to Gower Park to deliver player development and coach education courses in January 2018.

Malcolm will spend three days from January 18-20 working with Melville Academy players and on the evening of Friday January 19 will deliver a seminar for Melville coaches.

Malcolm’s visit comes about through Melville United co-head coach Sam Wilkinson’s links with West Brom and Premier Skills Coaching. Wilkinson a former academy coach at WBA, believes it is a real coup to have a Premier League Academy sending a representative to Melville.

“To be able to provide an opportunity for our players to be coached and assessed by one of the leading Academies in the UK is really exciting,” Wilkinson said.  “Giving our lads an insight into how players their own age at a top English academy are being developed has tremendous value.”

West Bromwich Albion’s Academy holds EPPP Category 1 status through the Premier League, reflecting their ongoing success as world leaders in talent identification, coaching and all other aspects of player development.

Ash Malcolm is recognised as one of WBA’s brightest young academy coaches. Malcolm was a former Academy player at WBA, playing in the same U18 team as New Zealand’s Chris Wood.

WBA FC Academy Coach – Ash Malcolm

Co-head Coach Michael Mayne believes the link with West Bromwich Albion is further evidence of Melville United positioning itself as a unique player development club.

“It’s very rare for a club the size of West Bromwich Albion to send an Academy coach all the way out to New Zealand,” Mayne said.

“We are essentially giving our players an opportunity to train with a English Premier League Academy without leaving Gower Park.”

With many organisations providing expensive trips to Europe to try and replicate the Academy experience, Wilkinson believes bringing an Academy coach in the other direction is far more practical and beneficial.

“The reality is, a lot of young Kiwi lads are not actually eligible to be signed by European Academies due to the passport regulations that are in place.

“It can be worrying to see parents fork out upwards of $5000 for a trip where they are promised a “trial” at a professional European club.  Bringing Ash over to the club is a far more practical way to provide this experience.”

While Mayne stresses the purpose of the course is not just to be a “trial” with West Bromwich Albion, it could potentially lead to trialling opportunities for players that meet the criteria.

“We will always be honest with our Academy players in terms of the playing opportunities we can potentially provide for them but that said, there may be an option for some of them with a UK passport to go over to West Bromwich Albion.”

As well as the three day player development course, Malcolm will lead a coaching seminar that will provide further insight into the West Bromwich Albion Academy philosophy.

The courses are open to players and coaches from any clubs but are FREE of charge to any existing Melville United Academy players or coaches.


Melville United / WBA FC Professional Opportunities Course:

Date: January 18th-20th 2018.

Times: 9am-3pm each day.

Venue: Gower Park, Hamilton

The Academy Way: Coach Education Seminar:

Date Friday January 19, 2018.

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: Gower Park, Hamilton

Any Melville United Academy player or coach wanting to register for the courses, email academy@melvilleunited.co.nz

Non Melville United players or coaches need to register at www.premierskills.com

For further information email academy@melvilleunited.co.nz

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