Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
46 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 SPORT 4306493AA Academy forms new allegiance By KRIS DANDO Ole Football Academy s coaches and players will link up with Island Bay United this season, citing a difference in philosophy as the reason for severing its relationship with Western Suburbs. The Porirua-based academy, which is housed in the old Porirua Hospital grounds, has 16 teenagers on its books. Under the leadership of ex-professional Nate Winkel, they have forged relation- ships with universities in the USA to provide pathways into the professional ranks. Coming to Ole from around the country, the young athletes train 15 to 20 hours a week and complete NCEA level school work. We ve created an environment that gives these players a realistic chance of achieving their dreams to play at an elite level, Winkel said. They have the time to develop as a student, player and person without get- ting pulled in five different directions by five different coaches. We influence what they eat, when they rest, their speed, strength, conditioning, provide match video analysis -- everything has been thought of. In past years, Ole players have filled a number of positions in the Wests first and second teams, in order to get match experience and against older and bigger footballers. But this has come to an end, with Island Bay United now employing Winkel as first team coach. James Prosser, also from Ole, will take the reins of IBU s second team. Although Island Bay don t have a presence in the Central League, as Wests do, Winkel said playing in the top tier of Wellington football -- IBU s first team play in the Champs Premier League -- will be suitable for his charges. They [IBU] know me. I played for them back in the day and they know what we re doing here at Ole. I think the difference in philosophy between Wests and Ole was a big factor and it was important for us to find a club that embraced these young players we have. We think we can help take the club [IBU] to where they want to be. Winkel said the artificial surface at Wakefield Park was an added incentive for him, meaning they can train and play in all weather conditions. Ole will continue to hold school holi- day programmes in Porirua and Winkel hopes they can repeat the successful Community Kicks tournament held at the academy last month. More than 80 players aged eight to 10 years old from Russell, Holy Family, Pauatahanui and Pukerua Bay schools competed, free of charge, said Ole foot- ball operations manager David Plow- right. It gives the chance for children from this area to give the sport of football a go. . . Pukerua Bay mum Karen Apperley gave the event a big thumbs-up. The children and parents had such a fantastic time, it showed what was best of Porirua as all the children played well and respected the other teams. I can honestly say it was the best foot- ball [tournament] my son has ever played in. Bowls masters hope for sun and big numbers Bowls bonanza: Whitby Bowling Club president Henry Yee in action during the first gala tournament of 2012, held last week. By KRIS DANDO Whitby Bowling Club members have their fingers crossed for good weather as the community bowls series starts again on January 25. A number of nights were lost to rain when the pro- gramme began on October 26 through to mid-December. Whitby Bowling Club presi- dent Henry Yee says they got around 12 to 15 people along to last years bowls nights but, if the weather stays kind, would love to get 30 participants for the upcoming Wednesday evening sessions. The initiative is part of a nationwide push by bowls national body to get more people into the sport. Over the past decade com- munity interest has been rekindled, Mr Yee says. Grandparents, mums, dads and children can all come along and there is usually music and a barbecue to keep everyone entertained and well-fed. Mates in Bowls is part of this initiative, with the hope that a social introduction to the sport will lead to a growth in membership for clubs. Mr Yee says Whitby is part of the trend, with the club boasting over 100 members, of which 70 are active playing members. They also have quiz and bingo evenings, host indoor bowls as well as other activities in their clubrooms. Rotary, Lions, Probus and other community groups use their facilities regularly. With a New World super- market to be built right behind them, and the closure of the Crows Nest, they are likely to be a popular desti- nation in Whitby for some time. The community bowls series starts again next Wednesday, 6.15pm start. Entry $5, three members per team. Call Rod- ney Foote on 234 8823.
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