Auckland – Coached and managed by Dave Woods
Formed in spring 2016, Auckland are currently an U9 side which has continued to move from strength to strength. Successive promotions saw them rise up the league and they are now an established RFYL division 1 side who, on their day, will give any team a game.
Made up of kids from Cestria and Newker schools, it shows that rivalries can become bonds as these lads are now not just team mates but best mates!
Coached and managed by Dave Woods, these Band of Brothers have gone from nowhere to a group of young lads who, with commitment and determination, give it their all irrespective of the final result. Just don’t go for the long ball or the coach will get upset! Playing football the way it should be played! Just not always across the back as it’s not good for your parent’s hearts!
As Dave says “Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been an easy journey. As every parent/coach knows, characters and kick-offs means it is never predictable (they are only 8 and 9 years old after all!) but when all is said and done, mates are mates and the team comes first”.
Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Riverside Automation & Security, (whose fine work can be seen at Hermitage School, The new gates halfway to the sports center!) (Shameless Plug!!) and a dedicated group of parents, sorry supporters, these kids remain focused and driven to be the best they can be. Do your best lads and no-one cares about the result!
We Are Auckland!