Planning starts for national youth tournament

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Planning is underway for Cambridge’s entry at this year’s national U-19 youth championships in Napier.

The club has appointed Paul Richardson and Bradley Rea as co-coaches, while Maree Woodall and Fairlie Morton will share team management duties.

Main photo: Richardson (left) with Rea.

The tournament will be held over Labour Weekend (October 20-22, 2018) at Napier City Rover’s grounds.

Cambridge won the satellite section of last year’s tournament and will go into the main draw this year, competing against some of the country’s best youth teams.

Click here to read coverage of last year’s tournament success, and see video highlights.

The coaching partnership provides a blend of experience and a developing coaching talent.

Richardson joined Cambridge this year and is now the coach of the club’s Northern League first team squad.

Rea played in last year’s tournament as a guest player as he was then with Melville United. He has since transferred to Cambridge and is a member of the first team. He is a coach with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy.

The management team is also experienced with Maree Woodall previously serving on the club’s committee as junior club captain, while Fairlie Morton is the current men’s club captain.

Fundraising challenge

The costs of participating in the Napier tournament are expected to be about $8,000 this year. This includes entry fee, travel, accommodation and food costs.

Part of the challenge of participation is the need for players to raise the funds to get to Napier.

The team will run various fundraising activities and club members and supporters are urged to get behind the squad.

Click here to learn about the Karaoke Night fundraiser event planned for August 4.

Sponsorship opportunity

If your business is looking for an excellent chance for promotional exposure, our club can provide a sponsorship package in return for a contribution towards the costs of helping our squad play at the youth championships.

To learn more, email Cambridge Football Club.

Tournament record

The Napier tournament has been running for more than 30 years and has traditionally provided the opportunity for young players to shine in front of national age group selectors.

The tournament is run in two sections – the Main Group and a Satellite Group.

Winning the Satellite Group means Cambridge is eligible to enter the tournament’s Main Group next season, facing some of New Zealand’s strongest clubs.

In 2006, the Cambridge team won the Satellite Final 1-0 against Ellerslie but were deemed to have breached tournament rules. The squad included a young Chris Wood (now an All White and playing for Burnley in the English Premiership). However, Wood was ruled ineligible to play at the tournament because he was 14 (and the minimum playing age is 15).

In 2007, Cambridge won the Satellite section of the tournament, beating Dunedin Technical 2-1 in the final.

In 2009, a Mike Woodlock-coached Cambridge team reached the Satellite Final, going down 1-0 to Dunedin.

In 2016, Cambridge reached the quarter finals, where they were beaten 2-0 by FC Twenty 11.

In 2017, Cambridge, coached by Adrian Clark, won the Satellite Final, beating Tauranga City United 3-2.

Click here to read coverage of last year’s tournament success, and see video highlights.

Above: Cambridge’s successful 2017 U-19 squad