WELCOME TO ELLERSLIE AFC
ELLERSLIE 7 NAMED IN SUBURBS NYL SQUAD
The club is proud to announce that 6 Ellerslie players plus one other who played for Ellerslie in the ACFC Youth tournament earlier this season have all been signed to play in Eastern Suburbs debut NYL season. It’s exciting for these players to have the opportunity to experience National Youth League football, and through our strong relationship with Eastern Suburbs we can continue to offer this as a player pathway!
Art Twigg (pictured above) who made 11 appearances for the EAFC 1st team this season has made the team alongside his two younger brothers, Denny and Sam who both made NRFL Reserves appearances this year and Sam also made his First Team debut in the final game of the season.
Allan McBride who starred for Ellerslie in the ACFC U17’s tournament and last year’s Napier U19’s tournament will look to cap off a brilliant 12 months with some more sparkling performances for Suburbs, another couple of lads from our 4th placed ACFC U17’s team are also selected – midfield playmaker Luke Clissold grabs his chance and Jamie Lamb who has played school mostly this season locks in his place.
Lastly we have Dylan Horgan who recently won the Ellerslie AFC Most Promising Young Player of the Year award and had his breakout season recording 12 First Team games – he captained our ACFC U17’s team this year and is in line for his third U19’s Napier Tournament this year.
Join us in congratulating them on their achievements by coming down to Michaels Ave on Sunday at 1pm to watch Eastern Suburbs NYL take on the Wellington Phoenix (potentially starring our own Keegan Smith) in the first round of the National Youth League.
Click here to view a full season draw which includes three games at Michaels Ave Reserve
AUCKLAND LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS
With both the Auckland Council, and Orakei Local Board Elections coming up in late September to early October, it is an appropriate time for the Club to formally acknowledge the tremendous level of support and assistance that both organizations have provided in guiding us through the process of securing artificial fields at Michaels Ave Reserve, and the subsequent playing surface improvements to the Lower Fields.
Furthermore, these parties’ acceptance of the need to cater for increased playing numbers has also seen them assist in securing seed capital for the planned Stage 3 Amenities/Clubrooms facility. Without the advocacy skills, tenacity and perseverance of a number of persons within these respective organizations, our Club would not be enjoying the improved amenity that we now all benefit from.
With the benefit of that experience, and on behalf of the Club, I would like to extend our best wishes to the following persons, as they stand for election/re-election, and look forward to hopefully working with them all again in the future :
Mark Thomas - Auckland Mayor
Desley Simpson - Auckland Council
Kit Parkinson - Orakei Local Board
Colin Davis - Orakei Local Board
Troy Churton - Orakei Local Board
Mark B. Weipers
LIVE YOUR GOALS WEEK
PREMIER COACHING POSITION'S - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The Club's is now advertising for expressions of interest for our Men's and Women's Premier Coaching roles - there is a short window for interested applicants to apply so that our preferred candidate can be appointed ASAP and hit the ground running.
To view the positions avaliable and how to register your interest please click the links below
Men's Premier Coach
MCDONALDS JUNIOR FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
HELP YOUR KID’S COACH WIN A TRIP TO THE FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP!
As part of McDonald’s Junior Football this year New Zealand Football and McDonald’s are celebrating the 6000+ volunteer coaches, who help 50,000 Kiwi kids enjoy football each season. The McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year is a nationwide search for New Zealand’s most deserving junior coach.
Parents around the country are being encouraged to nominate the coach of their kid’s team. 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.
There will be seven regional winners, who will receive a coaching equipment pack to use for training and games. The overall national winner will receive an amazing football experience, travelling to Japan to see Auckland City FC play in the FIFA Club World Club!
Nominations can be made by visiting www.nzfootball.co.nz/juniors and downloading the nomination form. Nominations will be open until August 12th, with the regional winners to be announced the following week and the national winner on August 26th.
The coach of the year competition is a new part of the ongoing support McDonald’s provides to junior football in New Zealand. Both as a national supporter of football, and with local restaurants sponsoring Ellerslie AFC, McDonald’s helps provide resources to encourage more kids and parents to get involved with football.
We know there are some great junior coaches at Ellerslie AFC, so get your nomination in today!
SPONSORS JOIN CLUB
The Junior/Youth Division of the Club is pleased to introduce two new sponsors to the Club.
McDonalds is now an official sponsor of the Club. McDonalds is sponsoring our school holiday program and has provided giveaways for programs in the July school holidays. Watch out for their football roadshow
which will visit Michaels Ave Reserve in the near future!
New World Stonefields is our sponsor for the Tamaki League's 8th Grade. Teams in the 8th grade have been provided with Player of Day Certificates and vouchers. This sponsorship has allowed the Club to purchase new nets for the small goals used in the Tamaki League.
We thank McDonalds and New World Stonefields and look forward to working with you.
NZF CEO Andy Martin has sent out an annual report for all registered players of football - please read below
I am delighted to send to you a link to the NZ Football annual report and strategy document for use in your clubs.
A lot of great work has taken place around the country over the past couple of years for which you should all be very proud – you will find details of the key outputs in the annual report and I would encourage you to spread the word. Domestic football is in great shape, has a clear plan for the future and is growing. Right now we are being independently lauded as having the leading community sport system in the country and whilst this is great we still have much to do!
The international game is also progressing well, at times behind the scenes, and despite the known geographical and financial challenges we are expecting great excitement in the coming months as i) the All Whites begin their World Cup qualification programme and compete in the Confederations Cup next year and ii) the Ferns head off to Rio later this month seeking a medal despite being on the end of a tough draw.
Our desire is to see more New Zealanders playing and loving football and our elite teams winning at global pinnacle events – the plan to do this is articulated in the new strategy. I am sure you will be hearing more on this from your Federations in the coming months as they seek to localise the plan and ensure that your clubs play a leading role in its delivery.
Thank you for your contributions to date – we are entering an exciting time for football in this country and together we can achieve great things.
SPECIAL OFFER TO MEMBERS
The club would like to introduce a new partner - Bene Sports - to celebrate this new partnership Bene Sports has a great offer for our members and friends and family.
For more information check out the full offer here
TEAM SPONSORSHIP POLICY - UPDATED
The club has confirmed and updated it's team sponsorship policy - click here to find out more
SPECIAL PHYSIOTHERAPY OFFER
SPONSORS JOIN SENIOR CLUB
Senior Club Chairman Tim Adams is proud to introduce the signing of a major shirt sponsor for the NRFL Squad for 2016 - John from Elite Lawn and Garden Services is excited to join the club and is looking forward to working with us.
We have also started signing up individual player sponsors in the NRFL squad, please click here to view these passionate supporters of Ellerslie Football
NGAHUE RESERVE UPDATE
CHANGE IN NZ FOOTBALLS TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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