Team Wellington and the Ole Football Academy renew their partnership for the upcoming National Youth League commencing this weekend with the first game on Sunday 6th.
The partnership includes a sponsorship and coaching component that will see the Youth side coached by Ben Sippola.
All clubs throughout the region were invited to nominate potential players for the team. Over 80 nominations were received from 15 clubs, with three trial games and training held over the last 2 weeks. Team Wellington wishes to thank the clubs and players for their support in this process.
Following the trials, a squad of 23 training players, has been finalised. In addition, a further six U-19 players have been included in the senior first team as Team Wellington looks ahead to the 2019/20 ISPS Handa Premiership and the 2019 National Youth League season.
The squad has a great balance of promising players for the future and seasoned senior football starters which should see them produce some exciting football.
Youth team Head Coach, Ben Sippola said the attitude shown at the trials from all players involved was impressive and the level of skill shown was promising for the region.
“A national youth league is vital for the development of elite youth players in the country as it gives them a brief experience of what the next level up is like.
However, if we want this to be our premier youth competition and pathway for players then it needs to be given the proper priority and circumstances to perform that function” Sippola explained.
The Team Wellington Youth squad features a number of players selected for next month's FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil including Marko Stamenic, Sean Bright, Otto Ingham and Matthew Garbett. The majority of the squad have either Central League or Premier League experience already under their belts.
Team Wellington Youth have their first game kick off at 2:00pm on Sunday 6th October against Southern United Youth at Ole Football Academy, Porirua.
2019 Team Wellington Youth Team
Kees Sims (GK), Jaylen Rodwell, Jr Falaima Mokeni, Robert Sabo, Jarrod McKechnie, William Gillion, Otto Ingham, Matthew Garbett, Fraser Brown, Marko Stamenic, Oliver van Rijssel, Oliver Pickering, Jameel Ali, Tuawhiorangi Reedy-Dunn, Louis Thomas, Wan Gatkek, Noah Boyce, Joshua Larking, James Murdoch-Gibbs, Tresor Niyonzima, Ryan Feutz, Frank Walkington (GK), Sean Bright.
2019 Team Wellington Youth Coaching Staff
Head Coach | Ben Sippola
Assistant Coach | Blake Jones
Goalkeeping Coach | Patrick Theodor
Team Manager | Dane Eager
Trainer | Matt Jepson