New Zealand Community Trust recently awarded a grant of $20,000 to the Papamoa Football Club for playing uniforms.
Papamoa FC is a community-driven football and futsal club and is growing larger every year, partly due to the activities and facilities it offers local schools. It is a community club that wants to keep registration costs down, while still providing all of its members excellent value for money.
Over the years, it has replaced uniforms strip by strip which has meant some grades play in different colours and a lot of shorts and jerseys have become extremely distressed. Thanks to NZCT, Papamoa FC is now in a position to replace its playing strip to ensure it remains of acceptable quality and maintains standard colours across all teams. It is also working with the local council towards developing suitable club rooms and ensuring easy access to the facilities for all skill levels, sexes, and ages.
Located just a few miles south of Tauranga at the sprawling Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa FC was founded in 1995 and became an Incorporated Society two years later. Its primary focus is to foster, encourage, and promote football activities within the Papamoa region. The club has grown strongly over the past 24 years, along with the population of Papamoa, and last year had over 680 playing members. With the committee and parents of the players, the Club has a connection with over 1,200 people and is one of the fastest growing clubs in New Zealand.
Papamoa FC strives to be as professional as possible, with a committee made up of people from the business, management, and financial advisory sectors, all of whom share the common goal of promoting the club, its players, and members at all levels of development.
The Club has a standard policy of supporting coaches and referees at recognised training courses to be accredited with qualifications and this has proven to be a success when it comes to the performance of the players the club turns out. Tommy Smith, a New Zealand All White, played for Papamoa as a junior, and the club patron, Wynton Rufer, was voted the Oceania player of the century in 1999 and is the only Kiwi to win a European footballing medal.
The Club recently appointed Brian Murphy to the role of Director of Football. Brian has significant experience, both as a player and a coach, in Ireland, the UK, Asia and Australia. His addition to the club will allow it to apply Club Licensing. Brian's role is to focus on the Mini/Junior and Youth frameworks primarily and to implement and deliver NZF-accredited frameworks, such as the NZF Talent Development Programmes. He will also be the head coach of the W League Women's Premier squad, to complement his A Licence training. Furthering the cub's goal of discovering and developing young talent, Brian has just completed a highly successful programme for five- to eight-year-olds.