Academy

Academy

The Wellington Phoenix Football Club is New Zealand’s only professional football club and competes in the Hyundai A-League.

The Club is an important and integral part of New Zealand’s sporting landscape, enjoying passionate support from all over New Zealand and the world.

The Wellington Phoenix Football Club is committed to the development of talented young footballers. The Wellington Phoenix Football Academy (WPFA) offers a proven youth player development programme that brings high school education and football together in an inspirational and creative environment. WPFA is open to both domestic and international student players, providing multiple pathways for future development.

WPFA, previously known as Asia Pacific Football Academy (APFA), has been operating for over five years and was based in the South Island of New Zealand until 2014. Current operations are now located in Wellington, New Zealand.

The programme focuses on providing a tailored programme and environment for each member to maximise their football and academic potential.

The well-being of the footballer is prioritised to ensure on-going success, with future pathway options at the forefront of each individualised programme.

WPFA accepts New Zealand and International footballers (aged 12 to 17 years) on an invitation basis with membership of the Academy revised yearly in line with sport and academic performance targets. The academy programme includes, weekly, full-time and full-time residential programmes available to enable each participant maximal opportunity to reach their goals.

As the Wellington Phoenix FC’s Youth Academy, there is a close operating relationship with the Phoenix First Team and Reserves’ squads. In addition, WPFA is experienced and committed to developing individual pathways suited to all players, according to their specific circumstances. These may include overseas professional clubs and sports scholarships to Universities in NZ, USA and other countries.

For more information about the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy please visit www.wpfa.org.nz