Kids catching football fever
School holidays don’t mean a lot to soccer-mad Mangawhai kids. Under the guidance of president Michael and Monika Becker, and international player/coach Jesse Van Kekem, Mangawhai Football Club is going from strength to strength judging by this seasons registrations.
A body of players of all ages numbering 65 last year has almost doubled this season, a tribute to the enthusiasm and dedication of club officials, parents and coaches.
From April 29 to May 1 Mangawhai Football Club will be running all-comers training programmes at the Mangawhai Domain for children aged 4-14.
“Our soccer training programmes are designed to help young players at any level,” says Van Kekem. “We aim to set them on the pathway to becoming professionals, in a fun and enjoyable environment, to have brilliant technical skills but also have the qualities of a well-rounded leader and person.”
The training programme focusses on specific skills of soccer to help kids improve their game plus their attitude and obligations when in a team situation.
Earlier this month interest was further buoyed as the club met with local resident Peter O’Hara who is deeply involved in organising the FIFA under 20 Mens Football World Cup being hosted by New Zealand next year.
“We are fortunate that games will be in Whangarei and North Harbour Stadium, Albany,” says Peter. “This is a tremendous coup for the near north and a great opportunity for youngsters to see world-class players in action.”
n Training programme: $90 for the three day course. Check out and register on the website www.vankickems.co.nz
GROWING: Registrations at Mangawhai Football Club have almost doubled in 2014. [PHOTO/Monika Becker]