New Focus on Youth Development at Petone FC

  2 February 2016   Comms Team   Club News
New Focus on Youth Development at Petone FC

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Morrissey as our Director of Youth Football. This new role has been established to focus on the development of our 12 – 17 years old players, and will provide a more structured pathway into senior football.  It will allow the club to more effectively identify and work closer with those players displaying a talent for representative football and also provide advanced training for those players not involved with Federation teams.


‘It is great to have Sam involved with youth development at the club’, says Craig Deadman, club chairman. ‘He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both in a coaching capacity and also as a player.’
Sam has been involved with Petone for a number of years, and is currently head coach of the Powerex Women’s first team.  He has worked as an assistant coach at the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy, and more recently has also been involved in a junior development role at Tawa FC.


Sam’s philosophy is clear, he believes ‘success comes from hard work, perseverance and learning. But also, you must love what you are doing.’


As junior and senior football registrations open for the 2016 season, Sam will be involved in the youth and U17 trial process, and will work alongside coaches as they develop their plans for the upcoming season.


‘It is an exciting time for Petone’ says Craig. ‘Having a role such as this means Petone can now offer a seamless pathway from juniors through to senior, youth and representative football.’


Sam takes up the role from February and will continue his role as head coach of the Women’s team this season.