Junior coach recognised in nationwide Coach of the Year search

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One of Cambridge’s junior team coaches has been recognised for his efforts in the 2016 McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year competition.

Mark Maloney, who coaches Cambridge’s 8th-grade team Cambridge Heart, was short-listed as one of three finalists in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional section of the competition.

Recognising Mark’s efforts, the judges said: “He is dedicated, committed, able to find a positive in every team member’s play, making each training session and game an amazing experience for the boys.”

The WaiBOP winner of the award was Katikati FC’s Nic Millichip who coaches the club’s 10th grade Gunners, as well as the club’s first team in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.

For winning the regional section, Millichip receives a coaching equipment pack for use in training and games, and has gone into a draw to become a national winner.

Through the McDonald’s sponsorship, the New Zealand Junior Coach of the Year will win a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

As well as Cambridge’s Mark Maloney, the other short-listed regional finalist was Rechelle Rendall of Thames FC.

Note: Nic Millichip was selected as the national winner of the award.