We all have a part to play, and we will all reap the rewards of a more professional and consistent approach. The benefits will include:
With a high quality development programme in place throughout the country, football will be better placed to retain and develop the young talent it discovers. In a nutshell, it will provide more quality football opportunities for more players Ė and that means more chances for Kiwis to develop a lifelong love of the game.
Our new programme has been extensively researched and developed over three years. Itís based on evidence, not opinions. The master plan draws on best practice from football development programmes around the world and then adapted to our unique New Zealand conditions.
Our new approach allows clubs and other organisations to offer the appropriate competitions and skills development at all levels, in all regions. A player can move from Whangarei to Invercargill and pick up where he or she left off.
The programme provides a turnkey operation thatís ready for regional and grassroots organisations to deliver to their stakeholders. With a significant chunk of initial funding provided up front, clubs and regional federations can focus on performance on the playing field.
The hard yards have been done. Key funding is in place and the programme is ready to be implemented. We encourage everyone who loves the game to support the WOFP approach Ė and help take football to the next level in New Zealand.