As 2018 is well underway, we have made some additions to our staff for the new season.
Olé Football Academy would like to officially welcome Mark Atkinson to our Full Time staff. Mark will be working with our U17s and Young Olé programs.
Mark most recently spent 5 years running the South Auckland Elite Football Academy, before moving to Porirua with his family earlier this year. Mark played a major role as Technical Director in building the SAE academy from a small group of players to over 150 today!
“We could not be more excited to bring Mark and his family down from Auckland. Over the past five years, Mark has helped grow South Auckland Elite from 25 – 150 players through “The Ole Way” business model and player development philosophy. Mark understands our training methodologies and principles better than anyone. He will surely add a great dimension to our staff with his knowledge, leadership and experience within the New Zealand football landscape.” – Declan Edge (Ole F.A. Technical Director)
Prior to coaching, Mark had an 8 year professional career in Australia with Carlton S.C. and Eastern Pride, and in New Zealand with the Football Kingz. Mark also gained 36 All Whites caps between 1997 and 2001.
Welcome Mark to the Olé family!