Emma Pijnenburg first put on the Western Springs kit at the age of 6 when she started her football journey in our Whole of Football programme, forming lifelong friendships with teammates at a young age.
Last season Emma was selected into the Auckland Football Federation National Womens League squad as a Development Player, as well as selection into the New Zealand Women’s U16 Squad playing at the OFC U16 Women’s Championship.
Unfortunately, with COVID-19, Emma has had a few disappointments with the postponement of international competitions preventing her from playing in the OFC Women’s U16 Championships in Tahiti and a potential trip to the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup in India.
However, with her high level of skill, self-motivation, and passion for playing football, Emma has been able to establish herself during an interrupted 2020 season playing a central role in the successes of the Springs Women’s Premier team. She has deservedly secured herself a spot in the NZ Women’s U17 ID Camp.
The ID camps are part of the identification process for selecting NZ men's and women’s U17 and U20 squads. A select number of players from around the country are invited to these camps and have the opportunity to impress the coaches prior to selection for tournament squads to play in Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and FIFA World Cup competitions.