Forest hill Milford United Football club: News
Forrest Hill Milford United
900 playing members create lots of work
Website development, funding submissions, gear management, grading players, liaising with Auckland Council and Federation administrators on the ever increasing challenge of meeting facility needs - a huge amount of work goes into getting close to 900 playing members over the white line to start the winter football season.
The knock-on recent success of the All Whites can now be seen filtering through to grassroots football with the continuing roll out of New Zealand Football’s Whole of Football Plan (WOFP).
Our volunteers do a great deal of background work alongside the Club’s Technical Director, Grant Machin and pool of qualified coaches. Getting the right culture is a difficult task, maintaining this even harder, and having stable practices and a creative resource is vital. Our pool of coaches comes from down the road and across the globe – from Italy, Spain, Hungary, Latvia and the UK.
Our training load footprint is close to 1100 ‘pairs of feet’ on a weekly basis once the season is underway. With the WOFP roll out we’re very much a work in progress, but the Club has experienced some break-through achievements recently.
An increasing aim is to provide the necessary tools for players to progress through the NFF Football Talent Centre, and subsequently New Zealand Football National Talent Centre programmes.
We’ve experience considerable success in this respect in recent seasons in Boys Junior and Youth Football with unrivalled increases in player numbers in NFF programmes. Four Forrest Hill Milford AFC players went on to represent New Zealand at the 2011 Under 17 Men’s World Cup Finals.
Success breeds complexities however and the Club recognises the importance of working beyond our doors to provide best practice for its players. For example we’ve one Youth boy’s team with players attending seven different schools, most also attending the NFF Federation programme. Scheduling their commitments effectively is
very challenging in their football lives to get the balance right.
Key drivers for 2012 include underpinning the role the Club plays in taking the WOFP blueprint onto the grass, elevating our commitment to Girl’s football, and fostering our relationships with our local schools community.
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“We’ve had a busier than normal off season,” comments Technical Director, Grant Machin. “We’ve re-signed key players from last season’s campaign, notably ex-pro Ryan Baldacchino, who spent time with EPL Clubs Blackburn and Bolton. We’ve also recruited some new players, as always, season to season we look to freshen up our group. Names to watch include import Baptise Azame, from French semi pro outfit FC Melun, and Eric Jones, who spent time with English Club Chester City before his University studies and before relocating to Auckland was part of the Canterbury United set up.
We’ve also re-shaped how we work as a coaching team. Joe Daw and Tony Parsonage are driving the First and Reserve teams respectfully, Tony replacing Club stalwart, John Pearson, who has chosen to take a well deserved sabbatical. Andy Schmidt and his team at Active return again to provide first class physiotherapy support and Juan Roman Mellado is supporting the boys with match analysis and conditioning expertise.”
Despite an opening day 1-0 defeat to near neighbours Takapuna AFC, Joe Daw is upbeat. “This year we are very much one senior group of presently 36 or so players and staff. There’s plenty of work to be done as we move through the opening few weeks of the season, especially given the playing group has changed significantly from 2011 but the players have responded well so far setting the bar high and we’re all very positive about our prospects for the season.”.
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Luca Vasori has been coaching at Forrest Hill Milford United for the past seven years and now would like to give something back to the Club he proudly represents by giving the opportunity of eating healthy food to all the kids and parents that come to matches every weekend.
Luca is co-owner of Otello’s, the only company in New Zealand that makes gluten free and preservative free sausages and dry meats using organically certified spices.
Otello’s is launching the 'Feed ‘em' Footy Café at Becroft Park, offering a range of healthy food options – from gluten and preservative free sausages to homemade muffins and scones, fresh fruit and more.
“The aim is to give our members a great selection way below supermarket prices” says Luca. We want to make sure our kids have an healthy bite before and after their games, water and isotonic drinks when required and as importantly enable us to support the Club as monies from will be funnelled back to help fund new gear, equipment, overseas tournaments and anything else necessary to improve our kids experience.
Forrest Hill has always been focused on junior and youth development and with this thought in my mind I decided to add another important 'stepping-stone' to the Club vision and values about kids by adding natural fresh food to our players’ diet. It is all about the kids and enjoying playing well comes from good healthy habits as well as good hard training.”
So folks, leave all the fried stuff and overly processed food to one side and visit 'Feed ‘em' Footy Café every Saturday morning through the season!
Visit: www.otellos.co.nz to find out more about their great range.
FHMU Division 1 Fixtures 2012
07/04/12 (Sat) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Albany Utd
09/04/12 (Mon) 14:45 Ken Maunder Park 1
Lynn Avon AFC vs Forrest Hill Milford
15/04/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Metro FC
21/04/12 (Sat) 14:45 Shepherds Park 1
Birkenhead Utd vs Forrest Hill Milford
25/04/12 (Wed) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Ngaruawahia AFC
28/04/12 (Sat) 14:45 Tikipunga 1
North Force vs Forrest Hill Milford
06/05/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Papatoetoe AFC
18/05/12 (Fri) 19:30 Anderson Park 1
MT Albert Ponsonby vs Forrest Hill Milford
27/05/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Glenfield Rovers AFC
02/06/12 (Sat) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Takapuna AFC
09/06/12 (Sat) 14:45 Michaels Ave 1
Ellerslie AFC vs Forrest Hill Milford
16/06/12 (Sat) 14:45 Rosedale Park 1
Albany Utd vs Forrest Hill Milford
24/06/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Lynn Avon AFC
29/06/12 (Fri) 19:30 Phyllis Street 1
Metro FC vs Forrest Hill Milford
08/07/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs Birkenhead Utd
14/07/12 (Sat) 14:45 Centennial Park 1
Ngaruawahia AFC vs Forrest Hill Milford
22/07/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs North Force
28/07/12 (Sat) 14:45 Murdoch Park 1
Papatoetoe AFC vs Forrest Hill Milford
05/08/12 (Sun) 14:45 Becroft Park 1
Forrest Hill Milford vs MT Albert Ponsonby
11/08/12 (Sat) 14:45 McFetridge Park 1
Glenfield Rovers AFC vs Forrest Hill Milford