Football academy kicks off new partnership with St Paul’s

Football academy kicks off new partnership with St Paul’s Joshua Hay Director of Extracurricular Activities (left), Headmaster Grant Lander, Ricki Herbert, and Kale Herbert.

14 December 2020

Ricki and Kale Herbert will be operating the Ricki Herbert Football Academy at St Paul’s Collegiate School from 2021.

The father and son duo hold extensive sporting credentials with Ricki having represented New Zealand in football and of late became head coach of the national team, the All Whites.

Kale has made waves within the Waikato football community by coaching the Hamilton Wanderers through an unbeatable season. He is also head coach of the first XI football team at St Paul’s Collegiate School. Ricki and Kale are thrilled to be based at St Paul’s where they feel the school is a positive fit for their Ricki Herbert Football Academy brand. “Our synergies align well with the families at St Paul’s and our goal is to provide an inclusive academy for those wanting to better themselves at football. We couldn’t think of a better place to do this than at St Paul’s,” says Ricki.

St Paul’s is excited to be hosting the National Camp which takes place in January 2021 where the academy will mentor more than 200 students over a five-day period. “This is an awesome opportunity for young athletes to learn some football skills in preparation for their upcoming season,” says Kale.

St Paul’s Headmaster Grant Lander was thrilled to welcome the pair to the school. “It’s exciting to have Ricki and Kale at St Paul’s. They will be able to help develop our footballers, and other footballers in the region through their academy".

“The Herbert’s have an impressive reputation in the sport of football, and it’s an amazing opportunity for our families, and families within the wider community, to gain exposure from people with this sort of skill set and knowledge of the game.”