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I started playing football when I was 4 years of age. It is a game I absolutely love. I started coaching in 1997 when some local kids asked me if I would. After a few weeks of coaching 8-12 kids and just having fun, I started to see there was so much opportunity ahead.

This was when I started a programme called Kid's Soccer Saturdays. 60+ kids would come along for 3 hours of coaching, a BBQ followed by 3 hours of tournament. They were great.

I was also doing coaching with Oceania's greatest footballer in legend Wynton Rufer and was proud to be a part of his Wynrs Academy for 15 years.

Also I got in to coaching at a club level by first coaching a senior reserve team and then 6 years as Junior Director. After 6 years coaching two club senior teams I took a break to concentrate on the SAFCA Academy and my work as Head boys coach at Lynfield College.

I have also headed SoccerPlus NZ since 1998, taking football missions overseas and soccer camps in NZ.

I began a programme at Wynrs teaching lifeskills within the soccer programme. I continue this at three schools in West Auckland under the name Soccer4Life.

The exciting recent venture is the emergence of the NZ Crosswhites.

This is the New Zealand representative Christian Football teams (14s, 16s boys, 16s girls, 18s, men & women).

I carry a NZ National Academy Licence, but see my experience working with such an incredible variety of footballers and time spent with top coaches overseas as the greatest asset to coaching.


Jonathan Curtis

Ive been playing football since i was 5, I've played club football, school, summer soccer, and for the NZCFA Christian 18th Grade team in 2011 at the Australian National Titles.

I have also had the privilege of coaching for the NZCFA teams the last two years. I have been assistant coach to both teams for the 16th grade team in 2012 and the champion 14th grade team in 2013

We ended up completing the competition undefeated.

I never really considered coaching over playing, but ever since helping out with the first team in Australia I have had a real passion for coaching, and I enjoy it so much.

And I am really looking forward to the chance to interact and coach kids in the future.


Eric Jones

I am originally from Manchester, England. I have an extensive football background. I have played for several clubs in England and Wales; Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Chester City and Bury.

Over the last few years I have been traveling and working in New Zealand. While living in NZ I have played for Christchurch United and coached for Mainland football under 12 team in Canterbury. I played at Forest Hill Milford United and coached there as well.

I am now playing my football at East Coast Bays FC and coaching. In my first season there we won the 2013 NRFL Mens Premier league AFF. I also coached the 2013 NZ Crosswhite 14th grade team that won the CFF of Australia, National Titles in Perth. In adition to that I Played for the Mens NZ Crosswhite team, that also won the Australian CFF National Tiltles in the Sunshine Coast. I won the Player of the final and I also made the tournament ALL STAR Team.

I have my Level 1 youth coaching badge in England.

I also have my Level 1 Senior coaching Licence in NZ. I am willing to add more to my list because I do enjoy helping others to achieve there goals. 


Melissa TeBay

I have been playing football for over 15 years now for club, school and social leagues, as well as several years in the Wynrs Football Academy. I spent five years playing in the Avondale College Girls 1st VI, two years of which I was captain. I played a couple of years in the Auckland Football Federation for both the Woman's reserve and Premier teams for 3 Kings and Western Springs.

I have coached and lead at numerous kid's soccer camps run by SoccerPlus NZ and have been on two football mission trips to South America also run by SoccerPlus NZ.

I have been coaching at SAFCA for two years now and love to see the quick improvement of player's skills and game play as well as the huge amounts of fun the kids have during the training and tournaments.


Kristian Wooster

I started playing football at the age of six, since then I have enjoyed every moment on the pitch and off.

I've played at Oratia Utd football club for the last 9years and during that time I have developed many skills of the game. While I was at Oratia I made Centre of Excellence which was regional reps back then and played various tournaments around NZ. Also now I am facing a new challenge have just recently joined my new club Central united and will be playing in the under 19s team this season which I’m looking forward to. Last few years I’ve taken football more seriously and in doing that I have achieved by making my school, Kelston boys high first 11 for the last two years, and in that have been playing the top league in Auckland along with the fellow big schools as MAGS and Auckland grammar. Last year was a great opportunity for me as I trialed for the New Zealand under 16th grade crosswhites and was a privilege to be selected and represent the country in the Australian national titles where we finished 5.

At the start of last year I took an interest in coaching and now have completed my level 1 junior badge and also my junior level 2 NZ coaching certificate, and hoping to continue in getting the highest qualifications I can in coaching as I express great interest in this great game and helping the youth develop. I’ve been involved in the soccerplus camps and these I find are a great way to not only develop football but also as a person and being on these I can say they are so much fun, and that’s the key in playing this sport. To have fun.


Ernesto Lopez

I was born in EL Salvador, in Central America; and speak both Spanish and English.

I am a left footed striker/ Winger and I have played for quite a few teams including the New Zealand under17's and for EL Salvador under 23's.

I also played for Independiente under 20's 1st division football club, for Atlanta under 20's 2nd division also in Argentina.

And since moving back to New Zealand I am playing for Mangere United 1st team, in the AFF league.

In 2014 I represent the NZ CrossWhites mens team at the Australian National Titles. Not only were we champions, but we won every game.


Michael Tracey

I have been playing football for several years now, just for casual school teams and for some fun and fitness. I played for Albany when I was little and just last year played for the Kingsway School first and second eleven. Next year I plan to make a uni team if possible. My main interest in football is the tricky skill-based side of it. I am quite into my freestyle and spend a lot of time just practicing tricks and juggling and so on. I usually play holding midfield or fullback when I play in a team, but also enjoy some futsal now and again just for the speed and to get in as many pops at goal I can!