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Football at Sacred Heart College has seen incredible growth since 2007, under_Principal Jim Dale and the coaching and tutelage of former All Whites Captain_and ex-English Premier League professional, Mr Danny Hay.

In 2007, only six teams turned out in Sacred Heart colours on a Saturday_morning. In 2014 that number swelled to 21 _ which consequently, is three_more teams than Rugby fielded (the Collegeås traditional top sport). At_the elite level, the 1st XI was wallowing in the third tier of the Auckland_competition when Jim Dale took charge of Sacred Heart. Currently, they_are not only in the Premier competition, but have unequivocally established_themselves as the eminent side in the country. In the past four seasons the_team has won two National Premier titles, two Auckland Premier League_titles, two Auckland Knock-out Cups and held the Alex Harvey Cup (challenge_trophy) on a number of occasions _ all of which pays_testament to the credence that Sacred Heart is now the_countryås leading football school.

This success at the elite level has been built on the_back of a strong philosophy that focuses on developing_technique, athletic ability, tactical understanding and_mental attitude from Year 7 through to Year 13. The aim_is to create intelligent, mentally strong and capable_players who can implement an attractive, offensive minded_style of football. The culture and environment_created in the Institute programme aims to allow all_young footballers to thrive and follow their dreams of_playing at the highest level possible.

Continue our Success

The focus of the Institute is to ensure_that Sacred Heart College continues to_remain at the forefront of school football_in New Zealand, but also produce players_that are capable of playing at a higher level once they leave the programme. Already,_the Sacred Heart Football Institute has produced a number of players who have_represented New Zealand at youth team level (NZ U17, New Zealand Secondary_Schools, and U20). Two players currently in the senior All Whites squad __Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix) and_Tim Payne (ex-Blackburn Rovers) _ are_the most well-known alumni at present.



However, there are major challenges within_the sport at Sacred Heart due to the rapid_growth, as well as the level of expectation

established on the back of recent successes._In order for Sacred Heart to stay at the top,_there is a requirement to continually improve_what is being done within the programme._Coach education, better training facilities,_athlete development, paid coaches for the_elite teams outside of the 1st XI, and an_ability to manage and engage with the entire_football community within the school, are just a handful of the crucial aspects_needed to keep Sacred Heart at the top._

So we invite you to be involved, support and participate in what will be a very_exciting year of football at Sacred Heart that will_include:

_ Football Supporters Club

_ Captainås Night å_ Friday 24 April

_ Quiz Night

_ Overseas tours å_ planning underway for 2016

_ Professional coaching development pathway for all age grades

_ FIFA Under 20 World Cup matches and support

_ Visiting professional teams

_ Football dinners and events

_ Sponsorship and support opportunities

_ And much, much more

We invite YOU to play on the team

We will keep you informed of specific opportunities and events as_the year unfolds._

Register your interest and support in playing your role in keeping_Sacred Heart as the leading football school in New Zealand.

Please contact: Scott Lawrence;_