All coaches are proficient in the Auckland City Football club philosophies and are guided by Director of Methodology Camilo Speranza and Technical Director Ivan Vicelich and Academy Director Nic Downes to ensure that that training programmes are aligned with the Clubs methodologies. 


The structure of the Academy allows for Auckland City First team players to be involved in training the young players. Guest speaker presentations including player experiences, and nutrition may also be included. 


Worldwide injury rates in football are increasing, which is particularly evident in the youth population. As children progress into the adolescent stage of life, changes within their body can mean they are more susceptible to injury. Factors such as rapid increase in height (relative to strength), poor motor control/coordination and a less active childhood can contribute to injury. Often in this age group the young football athlete plays or trains numerous times while often playing numerous sports. The physical demands on their young bodies may exceed their ability to tolerate load, leading to injury

At the Academy we recognise the importance of managing the workload of the young athlete while also trying to physically prepare them for the different stages of their football career. Onsite physiotherapy presence weekly is provided during the playing season to screen for injury and guide the preventative exercise program.

The intended benefit of the ACADEMY Wellness Program will be:

To minimise the risk of new football (and general) injuries
To minimise the risk of overload type injuries i.e. early identification and appropriate steps taken to resolve or modify the risk.
Enhance and maximise your Childs physical football capability
To allow the individual to adequately prepare for the energy demands of the upcoming week of football training
Educate the player on preventative strategies that are consistent with the ACFC medical plan in the senior teams
Educate the athletes on the health benefits of physical activity and the role it plays in reducing societal health problems

Though specific and targeted exercise your child will be given the best opportunity to remain injury free but also maximise their physical wellbeing and skills

We fully embrace the NZ Football FIFA 11+ Injury prevention programme and all coaches have attended training and implement this.  Trained injury and prevention specialists and strength and conditioning coaches are present and participate in PDP trainings and run recovery programmes in the winter season to ensure players are well looked after. 

With the exception of AFF / FTC programmes we recommend players consider carefully all additional football exposures outside the programme.



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2 ES181314531640
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4 TW181044432534
5 SU18657243023
6 HW185211344417
7 HB18459375317
8 TU183510203414
9 WU184113394613
10 WP183213204511

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