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Academy and Personal Coaching

Some of our most experienced coaches are available to book for one on one or small groups of 2 or 3 children. Whatever you are after, our coaches are some of the best in the country and will help you develop your skills, game understanding and working towards your own aspirations. For more information or to book a time you will find our coaches contact details below.


Coaching Experience: Maurie is a former international footballer who played for Papua New Guinea and has also represented Springs for 6 seasons. He has been coaching and developing junior and youth players at Springs for over 6 years during academy training, holiday programme and position-specific 1 on 1 training.  He has coached a range of junior and youth players/teams from 9th Grade to senior football which has included local league competitions and national tournaments.  Maurie has also coached players/teams for Auckland Football Federation at their Federation Talent Centre and this has included leading teams from 12th to 16th grades at the Weir Rose Bowl and National Age Group Tournaments.  Maurie has also enjoyed coaching in local schools.  Maurie believes that the player’s needs are the most important and committed to helping players reach their goals.  Maurie’s experiences with a small groups and 1 on 1 trainings include prior experience within the Springs community.
Favourite Player: Zinedine Zidane is the finest player I have ever seen.
Availability:  Weekends (term time) and school holidays
Preferred Ages: Boys and Girls aged 7 to 17 years

Contact Maurie on : 021 052 6992 /


Coaching Experience: Jason joined Western Springs at the beginning of 2018 and has coached in our football academy, holiday programmes and our 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th Metro teams.  He also coached the 13th Grade Metro team who recently won the WSAFC 13th Grade Invitational Tournament and the 13th Grade McCartney Tournament in Taupo.
This is his fifth year coaching Junior and Youth players having previously coached at Eastern Suburbs, Auckland City FC and Central United.  He has also been involved with the FCB Escola Camps in Auckland, Barcelona, Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney and travelled to Spain in March for the FCB Escola International Tournament in Barcelona.
Favourite Player:   Lionel Messi – I had the privilege of meeting Messi this year while I was at Camp Nou.  I really respect Messi for what he has achieved in his career.  To watch him score two goals against Chelsea and assist Ousmane Dembélé with his first ever goal for Barcelona in the Champions League was just magic.
Availability: Monday to Sunday (evening availability may vary during the season)
Preferred Ages: Jason is available to coach boys and girls of any age


Coaching Experience: Gerard has been coaching players aged 5 to 16 years for 9 years. This year at Springs he has coached youth teams and worked with our junior players to develop their core skills. Prior to that, Gerard coached and managed an Academy at a Spanish club for three years.  Other football experiences have included using football as a means to help encourage teamwork within youth groups.  Gerard is confident coaching a range of football skills and working with anybody!
Favourite Player: Andres Iniesta is a great example that you don’t need to be strong, quick and tall to be the best player in the world.  He is a great technical player who is intelligent and plays for the benefit of the team.  He looks after the ball and has played in one of the best teams in recent times – an unbelievable football player.
Availability: Monday to Sunday (evening availability may vary)
Preferred Ages: Happy to coach boys and girls of any age

Contact Gerard on 021 121 2381 /


Coaching Experience:  Liz is looking to coach and help hard-working young girls to reach their football aspirations.  She grew up learning and practising a wide range of styles of football and uses a combination of these ideas as inspiration for her own coaching.  Liz has coached a girls team at Springs this season and is keen to share her love for the game by helping other girls to develop their skills with her.  Liz likes to focus on improving technical skills and is open to working on any requested skills; seeking feedback from players as to what they would like to work on.  Liz has represented New Zealand at 3 age group tournaments and the Football Ferns so really can relate with the aspirations of our junior and youth players.  Liz is also currently a member of the Football Ferns Development Programme and plays for our Western Springs Women’s Premier team.
Favourite Players: Becky Sauerbrunn is an exciting central defender who plays for Utah Royals and also the US Women’s National Team!  While Antoine Griezmann is a hard working attacker with Barcelona and France!
Availability: any day except Sunday
Preferred Ages: Girls of any age

Contact Liz on : 021 183 9125 /


Coaching Experience: Julia has been coaching boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 for the past 4 years. She has coached everything from 6th grade Whole of Football teams through to academies and high school football teams. Julia has been involved at Springs this year in assisting with HPU sessions. She has played in a variety of positions and is confident in helping players develop their skills in a number of areas. Julia has played football every year since she was 5 and is passionate about passing on her love of football to others and helping them enjoy the game.
Favourite Players: Danny Blanchflower who captained Tottenham in the 60s was a great footballer, amazing at reading the game and had some great lines to the media. Luka Modric as well. He’s a magician in the midfield, small but really hardworking, intelligent and superb on and off the ball.
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and all day Sunday.
Preferred Ages: Girls and Boys of all ages.

Contact Julia on 021 0829 4737 /


Coaching Experience: Oscar has been coaching boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 for the past 12 months. He has coached junior kids playing in our whole of Football up to 17 Grade teams.  Oscar coaches both our Mini Skills sessions for 5-8 years and also our older Springs Skills Centre sessions.  Oscar has been involved at Springs all his life and fondly remembers his early years playing in the junior teams and is now a Men’s Premier team player.  He is a great role model for kids and has an array of skills and tricks that he loves sharing with the younger players to help their development and grow their love of the game.
Favourite Players: Messi and Drogba – Messi is the greatest player the world has ever seen. Can do everything, the best goalscorer, dribbler and passer ever. Anyone that wants to see how the beautiful game should be played should watch him. Never dives, just gives his all, wants the ball and gives moments of magic every game. Drogba is the first player I ever watched and being a Chelsea fan I loved his power and all the great important goals he scored. He also stopped a civil war in his country Ivory Coast which shows how he used his football ability to change lives. The ultimate big-game player.
Availability: Most weekdays before school(for the crazy committed ones), Friday afternoons and possibly Sunday afternoons.
Preferred Ages: Girls and Boys of all ages.
Contact Oscar on 022 120 5282 /




COACH: Chris Zoricich

CONTACT: 021886276 /




Introducing Chris

  • Position: Defender
  • NZ All Whites – 77 appearances, 3 goals (including 57 “A” international caps, 1 goal)
  • NZ International Debut – 27 March 1988, vs. Israel, World Cup qualifier
  • NZ All Whites Captain, 1999 – 2003
  • Confederations Cup Mexico 1999, vs. Germany, Brazil & USA
  • Confederations Cup France 2003, vs. France, Columbia & Japan
  • Professional Player for 14 years (UK,Malaysia,Australia)

Services Include

Assessing what the individual player wishes to work on (weaknesses, speed, technique, strength, etc) then determine any goals the player wishes to aspire to, create a plan how to achieve the goals, work on specifics and fine detail during the field sessions.

COST:  $75 per session

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