Junior coaches set for spotlight

The thousands of junior coaches who generously give up their time are set to enjoy a well-deserved moment in the spotlight with McDonald’s and New Zealand Football once again teaming up to run the McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year competition.

Every year, over 6,000 coaches volunteer to help kiwi kids “kick start” their football dreams. They spend their weekends coaching local teams and making sure children get active, develop their football skills and, most importantly, have fun.

Nominations are encouraged for positive behaviour both on and off the pitch, including supporting players positively from the touch line, introducing new players to the game and helping out in their local community.

The most worthy recipients will all be rewarded with prizes on offer across three tiers. Three regional shortlist winners will be selected from each federation with each receiving a coaching pack – consisting of footballs, football bags, bibs and cones – while seven regional Coach of the Year winners will be provided with a t-shirt, shorts, socks, rain jacket, tactics board and trophy.

The overall prize for national Coach of the Year is an amazing football experience for two people in Abu Dhabi, including a behind-the-scenes look at Auckland City’s preparations for the world’s premier club tournament.

“As the primary supporter of junior football, McDonald’s are delighted to again be offering a competition for Coach of the Year,” says Simon Kenny, Head of Communications for McDonald’s NZ.

“As a junior football coach myself, I recognise the importance of the coaching role and understand the commitment that is involved throughout the season. Whether children want to have fun, make new friends or follow in the footsteps of their heroes on the world stage, junior football coaches support them to kick start their dreams.”

New Zealand Football Junior Development Manager Owain Prosser is pleased to be able to recognise the efforts of the country’s volunteer coaches and believes they have a vital part to play.

“Volunteer coaches are key to helping young footballers fall in love with the game,” he says.

“Their role is to help children have a positive experience at an early age, igniting a passion for the game and learning skills that will be with them for life. New Zealand Football are delighted that McDonald’s are rewarding our junior football coaches, valuing the high-quality work they do and the sacrifices they make.”

Nominations are open until July 9 and you can nominate your team’s junior football coach by clicking here

The shortlisted winners will be announced on August 14 while the regional winners will be confirmed four days later and the national winner unveiled on August 22.

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