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I started playing football when I was 4 years of age. It is a game I absolutely love. I started coaching in 1997 when some local kids asked me if I would. After a few weeks of coaching 8-12 kids and just having fun, I started to see there was so much opportunity ahead.

This was when I started a programme called Kid's Soccer Saturdays. 60+ kids would come along for 3 hours of coaching, a BBQ followed by 3 hours of tournament. They were great.

I was also doing coaching with Oceania's greatest footballer in legend Wynton Rufer and was proud to be a part of his Wynrs Academy for 15 years.

Also I got in to coaching at a club level by first coaching a senior reserve team and then 6 years as Junior Director. After 6 years coaching two club senior teams I took a break to concentrate on the SAFCA Academy and my work as 1st XI boys coach at Lynfield College.

I have also headed SoccerPlus NZ since 1998, taking football missions overseas and soccer camps in NZ.

I began a programme at Wynrs teaching lifeskills within the soccer programme. I continue this at three schools in West Auckland under the name Soccer4Life.

The exciting recent venture is the emergence of the NZ Crosswhites.

This is the New Zealand representative Christian Football teams (14s, 16s boys, 16s girls, 18s, men & women).

I carry a NZ National Academy and C Licence, but see my experience working with such an incredible variety of footballers and time spent with top coaches overseas as the greatest asset to coaching.

Top this with the incredible opportunity to take young Kiwi footballers every year to train at the prestigious Valencia CF football academy, an opportunity that also allowed me to attend their Methodology Coaching Course.

HEAD COACH Mike Francke

My love for football is greater than any other word that I can describe it. When I was nine, I began playing football with my mates at school in Berlin. I am currently playing for AUT 2nd Mens’ team and have been enjoying playing competitively. I am a huge Hertha Berlin supporter and I typically have the blue and white flag club logo on me. Not only has football been keeping me physically active, but it has also been teaching me important life skills and wisdom that I can apply in my daily life. When I am not playing football, I see myself helping others to become the best version of themselves. Through coaching, I am passionate about inspiring the younger ones to see their best ability in football and navigate them towards their own purpose.

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