The SAE (South Auckland Elite) football group has visited the Olé Football Academy on multiple occasions since 2014. They have catered for our needs whether we have 2 players or 22 players, staying on site or off. On every occasion Olé have been very effective in supporting our time spent in Wellington. Their quality of coaching and application of content is second to none and they provide an appropriate environment for sporting and social development. What has impressed me most are the philosophies and values that are evident through each age group and are consistent from each coach. Olé have a clear vision towards nurturing young talent. Developing future stars requires long term vision, constant work and patience. Their vision, mission and perseverance in pursuing the ultimate goal are evident in their success.
Olé Football Academy and Western Suburbs are at the forefront of player development in New Zealand and their successes are being recognised in the world football community. The way in which the two organisations – Football Club and Academy – have come together under one vision, philosophy and strategic plan is unrivaled in my experience in player development. NZ Football is already benefiting from the initiatives of the two organisations and will be a major beneficiary in years to come.