Junior coaches set for spotlight

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

McDonald’s and New Zealand Football are to reward junior coaches by running a Coach of the Year competition with the national winner receiving a trip for two to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Every year, over 6,000 coaches volunteer their time to help kiwi kids “kick start” their football dreams. They spend their weekends coaching local teams and making sure children get active, develop their football skills and, most importantly, have fun.

Nominations are encouraged for positive behaviour both on and off the pitch, including supporting players positively from the touch line, introducing new players to the game and helping out in their local community.

Regional winners will receive a coaching equipment pack to use for training and games and will be entered into a draw for the national winner. The national Coach of the Year winner will receive the amazing football experience in Japan, including a behind-the-scenes look at Auckland City FC’s preparation for the world’s premier club tournament.

“As the primary supporter of junior football, McDonald’s are delighted to be offering a competition for Coach of the Year,” says Simon Kenny, Head of Communications for McDonald’s NZ.

“As a junior football coach myself, I recognise the importance of the coaching role and understand the commitment that is involved throughout the season. Whether children want to have fun, make new friends or follow in the footsteps of their heroes on the world stage, junior football coaches support them to kick start their dreams.”

New Zealand Football Junior Development Manager Owain Prosser is pleased to be able to recognise the efforts of the country’s volunteer coaches and believes they have a vital part to play.

“Volunteer coaches are key to helping young footballers fall in love with the game,” he says.

“Their role is to help children have a positive experience at an early age, igniting a passion for the game and learning skills that will be with them for life. New Zealand Football are delighted that McDonald’s are rewarding our junior football coaches, valuing the high-quality work they do and the sacrifices they make.”

You can nominate your team’s junior football coach by visiting www.nzfootball.co.nz/juniors and downloading the nomination form.

Nominations are open until August 12 with the regional winners to be announced the following week and the national winner on August 26.