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Ben Sippola

CEO | Head Trainer | NZ “C License” | Columbus Crew (MLS) | Torslanda IK (Sweden) | Butler University Graduate | 1st Team All American | 1st Team Academic All American | Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist | Major League Soccer Draftee | Olé Round Table Mentor | 2017 U-20 World Cup Campaign Manager | Fly Fisherman | Head of Sales and U.S. University Placement Blue Chip (Sweden) |

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Declan Edge

Technical Director | NZ “B Licence” | Former New Zealand International | 41 Caps | Shrewsbury Town | Notts County “Jimmy Sirrel Era” | Adelaide City | Waikato FC Manager | Melville United Manager | Ryan Thomas | Tyler Boyd | Harry Edge | Jesse Edge | U-20 FIFA World Cup Head Coach | In Love w/ Football | Diego’s Owner | 2016 Porirua Sports Awards Coach of the Year |

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Mike Wilson

Academy Director | Former New Zealand International | San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) | Minnesota Thunder (A-League) | Aucas Quito (Ecuador) | Stanford University Graduate | Western Suburbs Jr – Western Suburbs 1st Team | The Olé Pathway Epitome | Honorary Californian |

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Training Staff

Calle Vredin

Young Olé | Young Olé 1 | Young Olé 2 | Young Olé 3 | Human | UEFA A Licence | BSc Sports Coaching | Coach Educator, Swedish FA |  Youth Director, Ulricehamns IFK | Academy Coach, Swedish PRO-club Örgryte IS | Internship Manchester City | Awarded “Youth Club of Western Sweden” 2014 & 2015 | Descending from Arctic region |

Craig Candy

Head Trainer Young Olé 3 | Technical Skill Guru | Master of Ball Mastery | Fusion School of Football | Wellingtonian | NZ U16 – U19 REP | Napier U19 “MVP” @ age 14 | Lower Hutt & Miramar National League | Wellington Olympic “Super Club” | Assistant Coach Central League Champion Miramar

Isaac Tetteh

ADIDAS United Football Academy | Red Bull Soccer School | Ghana Divisio One League | Purejoy Stars 2015-2016 | Ngaruawaiah AFC | GK Coach WaiBop |

Jamie O'Connor

Young Olé Trainer | Assistant Principal | Educator | Former Wellington Olympian | 2009 Chatham Cup Champion | 2010 Central League Winner | Team Wellington | Young Heart Manawatu Player – Assistant Coach | Penalty Kick Specialist 41 / 43 | Made in Chelsea | The Silver Fox | Reserve Team Head Coach

Michael Clayton

Young Olé Head Trainer | Young Olé 1 | Young Olé 2 | Young Olé 3 | NSCAA Education Coordinator | Director of Coaching Real Kansas City | Missouri ODP Staff Member | Butler University Grad | Vanuatu National Hero “Coach Rasta” |


Margaret Walsh

Accountant | Nicest Gal Around |

Michael Fraser

Director of Grassroots | Young Olé 3 | Olé In Schools | Skill Builder | YoungHeart Manawatu | Western Suburbs | Administrator | Photographer | Track Star | Hat-trick Hero | Loves Levin |

Priscilla McLaren

Academy Matron ( Camp Mother ) | Ex Premier Grade Netballer ( Ashburton, Mid Canterbury ) | Netball Coach / Manager | Tennis Administrator | Southlander


Blake Jones

University of Hartford Grad | Seattle Sounders U-23 (PDL) | St. Louis Lions (PDL) | 2014 PDL All Central Conference | Shattuck St. Mary’s Grad |

Brandon de la Rosa

Shattuck St. Mary’s club team | Minnesota Thunder U18 | Minnesota Kings | ODP Minnesota (94s) | Hamline University (St. Paul) | Universidad Panamericana Mexico City |



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Just as we are on the look out for top quality players, we are always searching for the next Johan Cruyff, Arsène Wenger or Pep Guardiola.

For more information regarding employment opportunities at Olé Football Academy please email

Olé Apprentice Programme

An Olé apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring football trainers / coaches to gain real life experience in the day to day running and operations of a full-time "professional" youth football academy.

The Olé Apprentice Programme is a one of a kind opportunity for aspiring amateur and former professional players to continue playing the beautiful game in the world's most beautiful country, while also getting a taste of life as an Olé staff member.

Apprentice player - trainers have the unique opportunity of representing the academy in one of New Zealand's most prestigious and competitive amateur competitions.

The Olé apprentice plays an integral role in the organisation, as much of his / her time is devoted to working alongside Young Olé Academy residents and players on and off the football pitch. Tutoring, supporting, mentoring, training and facilitating in the development and growth of the Young Olé player is the number one objective of the apprentice. Previous apprentice player – trainers have joined the academy from the following U.S. universities and professional clubs…

  • Auckland City (Stirling Sports Premiership)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (German Bundesliga)
  • Butler University (NCAA Division 1)
  • Cedarville University (NCAA Division 2)
  • Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer)
  • Doncaster Rovers (English Championship)
  • North Carolina State University (NCAA Division 1)

  • Oral Roberts University (NCAA Division 1)
  • St. Thomas University (NCAA Division 3)
  • University of Massachusetts (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of New Mexico (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (NCAA Division 1)
  • Xavier University (NCAA Division 1)

After each apprentice’s time at the academy the Olé staff facilitate in their career aspirations. Previous apprentice player – trainers have gone on to play for teams in New Zealand’s Stirling Sports Premiership (Auckland City, Canterbury United Dragons, Hawkes Bay United, Hamilton Wanderers, Team Wellington), as well as represent the academy as staff members on Men’s U.S. University teams.

If you are interested in learning more about the Olé Apprentice Programme please contact We are first and foremost looking for great people with loads of energy and enthusiasm.