Franklin United Youth Academy to launch

Following several months of discussions, the Franklin United board recently announced their plans for the creation of a Franklin United Youth Academy (FUYA) for 2018.

The aim is to create a full pathway from 12th grade through to senior NRFL football.

The philosophy of the FUYA will be aligned to that of Ole Academy in Wellington and the committee are pleased to continue the association with them and offer that player pathway.

The committees of Pukekohe AFC and Drury United FC are also in favour of the concept and planning will continue.

A lot of time, effort and planning has gone on behind the scenes, including a detailed financial and risk plan, and a draft mobilisation plan.

Members of the Franklin United board held a workshop in August to consider how the academy could be successfully implemented to deliver on a regional approach to football, while still keeping the feeder clubs best interests at heart.

A further workshop is planned between the DUFC and PAFC committees including key Franklin United personnel on 19 October 2017.

After this, the board will announce more details of the offer for youth players and academy coaches, and to create alignment with key partners, sponsors and equipment providers as the academy unfolds.

They will be employing a full time Technical Director, who will work with the board of Franklin United to create and deliver a top quality innovative Youth Academy for the region.

“This is an exciting time for football in the local region and another step closer in holding talent at home,” they said.

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