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23 March 2017

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Football pro joins as coach

Football pro joins as coach

One of St Paul’s Collegiate School’s successful professional football exports, Michael Built (Hall, 2006-2009), is returning to his schoolboy roots as Head Coach of this year’s St Paul’s 1st XI football squad.

Since leaving St Paul’s in 2009 on a professional contract with English club, Northhampton Town, the midfielder has enjoyed stints with Bedford, Histon and Brackley Town Football Clubs.

Built knows what it takes for young players to reach their full potential, having played in the New Zealand under-20 and under-23 sides and the Junior All Whites team at the 2009 U17 World Cup in Nigeria.

The new position is particularly special as he will be stepping into the boots of his mentor and former coach, Mike Groom.

Inspired by Mike’s “infectious love and passion for the game” during his time in the St Paul’s 1st XI team, Built is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“Mike has helped create many successful players. I hope to continue his work and hopefully make just as much of an impact.”

(Image credit: Grant Stantiall)