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The Olé Vision

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The Olé Vision

DEVELOPING WORLD - CLASS NEW ZEALAND FOOTBALLERS

We clearly see the potential of a vibrant and thriving New Zealand football development landscape with the "correct" set of environmental conditions in place. In order to consistently produce World - Class footballers from New Zealand, because it can be done, a fundamental transformation is required in the country's current player learning model i.e. how the beautiful game is played (and taught).

Fundamental Transformation = Caterpillar To Butterfly = Crawling In The Dirt To Flying Through The Clouds

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Warning: The butterfly ain't that pretty at the start or the stages in between.

Above photo courtesy of Cameron McIntosh @photomac

 

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The Olé Way

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The Olé Way

PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE IN THREE PRACTICAL AND SIMPLE STEPS

1. All teams must play an attacking, attractive and entertaining brand of football. 

2. All teams must play fair. 

3. All teams must try to win the game, but not at the expense of steps 1 and 2. 

Possession Football...

"Every man and his dog is talking about playing "possession" football. So, if "possession football" is what is being played in this country (NZ) than that is not what our teams are playing. But, yes, of course, we play possession based football. Was it the great American poet Walt Whitman who said, "I contradict myself." - Declan Edge
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Developing The Kiwi From Hamilton To Porirua

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Developing The Kiwi From Hamilton To Porirua

A LONG VIEW TOWARDS NZ PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

"A DIFFERENT NEW ZEALAND PLAYER"

Our training philosophies and methodologies are built around 75+ years of practical experience playing, training and managing the beautiful game within the New Zealand landscape. Football development is a multifaceted pursuit with numerous cultural influences, societal values and undeterminable variables at play. The New Zealander is simply on a different journey than the Brasilian, Dutch or Spanish player. Therefore development of the Kiwi footballer must be approached through a specific lens. We have developed a way of training specifically for the Kiwi player from first kick to 1st team. 

In 2012 Declan Edge brought his football development project from Hamilton to Porirua - Wellington, home of the Olé Football Academy (since 1997) to join forces with former New Zealand International and Stanford University graduate Mike Wilson. In the past 5 years, the Academy has hit a number of major milestones including, but not limited to: Ryan Thomas signing professional (2013) with PEC Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring 2 goals against Ajax (2014 Dutch Cup Final) and making over 100 appearances (2017) for the club. As lead consultants, The Olé Way Technical staff were integral in helping the Pacific Island Nation of Vanuatu qualify for the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup. Numerous U17, U20 and current "All - Whites" have come through the academy's ranks in recent years. Over 30 student - athletes have been placed on football scholarships at United States universities in the past 5 years. The project of teaching Kiwi's how to fly (a fundamental transformation) has only just begun. 
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Re-Imagining The 21st Century New Zealand Football Academy

 

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Re-Imagining The 21st Century New Zealand Football Academy

 

AN EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

We view football as the World's #1 vehicle for implementing a multifaceted holistic education. Holistic seems to be a 21st century catch phrase when it comes to football academies; however, our results demonstrate that we are walking the talk. Did we mention that we like acronyms? 

Olé's 123 * L3 + P.A.P. + HSF + CANi + LiBTYFi + UBUNTU = THE OLÉ WAY

L3 (Life - Long Learning): Football is more than a game. It is a medium for encouraging a love for Life - Long Learning. Humans have an innate capacity, curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Our approach taps into the footballer's brain, body and soul.

Parent – Academy – Player (P.A.P.) Model: The “Holy Trinity” of player development. 

"Too often parents are pushed aside and treated as obstructions to player development. A parent or group of parents working in synergy with the academy is a powerful means to increasing player growth and development. The academy’s role is to bring parents along the educational journey of youth player development, not to push them aside. When player, academy and parent are on the same page, player growth is maximised and potential increased.”
- Olé F.A. Staff

Human - Scholar - Footballer: In order to offer as many opportunity pathways possible for our players (keep all doors open) our players must first and foremost be humans of strong character - worthy of a referral - that are also dedicated scholars and ambitious footballers.  

CANi (Constant and Never-ending Improvement): All footballers encounter variables - "ups and downs" - along the path towards maximising potential; however, a Growth Mindset (Dweck) and CANi attitude must remain constant controls. 

LiBTYFi (Leave it Better Than You Found it): Legacy is everything. It is how one is remembered for the time he or she spends on this planet. It is how one impacts the lives of others. Today, did you leave the pitch better than you found it? When it's all said and done, did you leave your teammates and the people you came in contact with better than you found them? [Lib - tif - eee] 

UBUNTU (I Am Because We Are): Without the team an individual cannot train, compete and ultimately improve / maximise his or her potential. Our players understand this important fact. Helping others = Helping oneself.

“Clubs that view themselves as learning centres put talent development at the forefront of their agenda.”
Todd Beane (TOVO Academy)
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The Olé Way Leadership

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The Olé Way Leadership

DECLAN EDGE - OLÉ F.A. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

As a Head Coach, Declan has managed Waikato FC in the ASB Premiership and Melville United where he led them to the 2003 Chatham Cup Final. Edge currently serves as the Technical Director at Olé Football Academy, Team Wellington Youth Head Coach (2016) and the 1st Team Head Coach and Director of Football at Western Suburbs Football Club. Under Declan's guidance during his first three seasons (2013 - 2015) in charge, the Western Suburbs 1st team achieved more points (108) than any other Central League club. Declan holds the New Zealand International Team Coaching Licence, New Zealand and Australian Football Federation “C Licenses” and is on track to earning the Oceania “A License.” In 2016, Edge served as Head Coach of the Vanuatu U20 National Team taking them through Oceania World Cup Qualifiers achieving a birthplace in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, South Korea. Declan is a former professional with Shrewsbury TownNotts County (Jimmy Sirrel Era), Adelaide City and New Zealand International having earned a total of 41 appearances / caps for New Zealand. Olé F.A. serves as Declan’s platform to continue, and build upon, the player development project he started nearly a decade ago with a group of 11-12 year olds in Hamilton, NZ. The same group produced the likes of Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle, Dutch Eredevisie), Tyler Boyd (Vitoria SC, Portuguese Primera), Tyler Lisette (IFK Varnamo, Swedish Superettan), Harry Edge (Amatuks, South African Premier Soccer League), Jesse Edge (Auckland City FC, NZ U-20), and many others still continuing their football journeys in New Zealand and on scholarships at U.S universities.

BEN SIPPOLA  - OLÉ F.A. CEO, TRAINER AND EDITOR 

Ben Sippola is a graduate of Butler University (NCAA Division 1), where during his time was recognised as a 3 - year captain, 1st Team All-American, Academic All-American and Semi-Finalist for the Hermann Trophy. He graduated with a BA in English Literature. Previous to Butler, Ben spent two years at United States Development Academy (USDA) Shattuck St. Mary’s and was the first graduate of the Boys Soccer Centre of Excellence under Head Coach Tim Carter. Prior to joining the Olé Football Academy staff, Ben was drafted to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer and spent several seasons playing professionally in the United States and Scandinavia. Previously he held the position, Head of Sales and Marketing with Bluechip Study USA, Sweden. Ben holds the New Zealand Senior Level 2 and Junior Level 3 “C Licence." In 2014 Ben was appointed CEO of Olé Football Academy. Since his arrival the academy has grown from 40 to 250 players in the programme from grassroots to the academy's top tier Young Olé. In 2016 he was named co - head coach of Team Wellington Youth. Ben was unanimously appointed Campaign Manager for the Vanuatu Football Federation’s 2017 U-20 World Cup Campaign. If not in football, Ben would be found on a river somewhere teaching folks how to fly fish. He is a published writer. His work has been featured in The Fly Fish Journal "Fly fishing's Premier Media Product" and on The Olé Way Blog.

MIKE WILSON - OLÉ F.A. DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mike Wilson is a former New Zealand International and Stanford University (NCAA Division 1) Captain. He was a member of Cardinal teams in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that featured the likes of fellow Kiwis, Simon Elliot and Ryan Nelsen. After graduating from Stanford in 2004 with a BA in International Relations, Mike was selected in the 2004 MLS Super Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. Mike’s professional career covered a span of 8 years and took him across the United States with San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Minnesota Thunder (A-League), as well as South America with Aucas Quito (Ecuador, Serie B). Currently, Mike is responsible for acquisitions at Wilson Investment Management. He is also a board member of Bantu Rovers FC in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The organisation is dedicated to Zimbabwe football youth development, and helping student-athletes achieve their academic and football goals. 

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