Meet Emma Pijnenburg!
Emma has played at Springs since she was 6 years old, growing her love for the game initially through our Whole of Football programme.
Last month Emma was selected for the AFF National Womens League squad as a Development Player, and now she will end 2019 as a member of the New Zealand Women’s U16 Squad playing at the OFC U16 Women’s Championship in Tahiti in December – not a bad reason to request time off school!
Emma is highly skilled and self-motivated, with a passion for playing football; she’ll have a kick about with anybody! Emma has seamlessly moved between different playing environments across mixed and girls football for club, school, and federation before recently taking her first steps into Women’s football towards the end of the 2019 season. Emma also continues to represent Auckland Football Federation as a Futsal player.
2020 will be Emma’s 10th year as a Springs player and if New Zealand are successful at the OFC tournament they will qualify for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India in November.
Check out Emma’s playing history at Springs:
7th to 9th grade: Elliot – coach Linda Pirrit
10th grade: Stormers – coach Ainsley Ryde
11th grade: Regulators – coach Phil Dunn
12th grade: Conference Vipers – coach Jason Laing
13th grade: Conference Vipers – coach Emre Tinaz & Patrick Wilson
14th grade: played 16th Grade Girls Premier – coach John Vujnovich
15th grade: Metro Bullets – coach Andy Vernon
If you see Emma around the club over the coming month, then please do wish her well before she sets off for what will be an amazing experience. We’ll look forward to following Emma and the progress of the New Zealand Women’s U16 team in Tahiti!