Petone FC appoint High Performance and Junior Football Directors for 2017

  22 December 2016   Comms team   Club News

The future of junior and youth football at Petone FC is looking bright with the recent appointments of Scott Easthope as High Performance Director and Curtis Jones as Director of Junior Football.
“We are very excited to have Scott and Curtis join us for the upcoming season”, says Andy Badrick, club chairman.  “Their appointments mean our junior and youth development programmes will be up and running early in the new year and provide a strong foundation for the 2017 season and beyond”.


Scott’s role as High Performance Director will focus primarily on the youth space for males and females, including 13th grade - U17’s, but he will also work with 11th and 12th grades and help oversee the junior development programmes with Curtis. The programmes are designed to strengthen players’ development in all areas of the game, explains Scott, who believes in providing a strong pathway into senior football.


Scott is not new to Petone FC having started his junior football here, before becoming involved in playing and coaching roles at Lower Hutt City and Stop Out clubs. More recently Scott has been based in Samoa where he worked with the local Football Federation to establish player models and was also head coach of the Samoan national team. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity and the chance to develop a comprehensive programme for the players”, says Scott.


“Following the departure of Tom Randles at the end of the 2016 season, it was important for the club to look at how we could take this role to the next level”, says Andy. “When we lost Sam Morrissey it meant we needed to consider a broader approach to the whole development programme.  We were grateful that Sam was able to work with us to identify some of these opportunities”.  This included revisiting how junior and youth development could be better managed to provide an integrated pathway to senior football, explained Andy.


Sam recently resigned from his roles as Director of Youth Football and Women’s first team coach to take up a permanent role with Capital Football in the new year.


Curtis Jones, who becomes the new Director of Junior Football, has a strong passion for football and has recently returned from Taupo where he worked as a full-time coach at the Ricki Herbert Football Academy, as well as being involved with players as part of the Fulham Football Academy. 


Curtis will be working with the junior teams and coaches from First Kicks up to 10th Grade and is preparing a preseason programme to start in late January.  “It will be great to get things started early”, says Jones, who also played for the men's first team at Taupo AFC. 

Richard Arkinstall, Junior chair, is very pleased with the appointments. “It is fantastic to have two coaches of such high calibre”. 


The 2017 season starts on 1 April next year with preseason skills sessions for juniors starting in January. Registrations for 2017 open online for both juniors and seniors from Monday 23 January.