How does the Academy work?

The Franklin United Youth Academy (FUYA, pronounced foo-yah) is targeting talented players in the Franklin region aged 10-17 years old. The Academy will select one team from each age group each season, and this team will play under Franklin United. The teams will play in the regular AFF competitions, aiming for a spot in either the Metro or Championship divisions.

Franklin United has a full-time Director of Football, Ben Fletcher, who oversees the Academy and works with the coaches to deliver the Academy programme.

Download Information Sheet – FUYA Term 4, 2019

Download Terms & Conditions – Franklin Terms & Conditions – Club Run Programmes

Franklin United Youth Academy

Trials

Academy trials are held at the beginning of each year.

Academy Registration

Academy Trials are held at the beginning of each year.

Registration Form

FUYA Registration Form

Training

Squad players train from February to December at one of the football facilities across Franklin. The training nights and location for each squad are determined by pitch and coach availability.

Term 4 Training Schedule:

Monday – Pukekohe (Bledisloe Park)
5:15pm – 6:30pm FUYA 5 (2011/10) – FUYA 4 (2009/08) – FUYA 3 (2007/06)

6:45pm – 8:00pm FUYA 2 (2005/04) – FUYA 1 (2003/02)

Tuesday – Drury (Drury Sports Complex)
6:45pm – 8:00pm FUYA Girls (2005/04/03)

Wednesday – Pukekohe (Bledisloe Park)
Futsal (Time – TBC) FUYA 4 (2009/08) and FUYA 3 (2007/06)

6:45pm – 8:00pm FUYA 2 (2005/04) and FUYA 1 (2003/02)

Thursday – Pukekohe (Bledisloe Park)
5:15pm – 6:30pm FUYA 4 (2009/08) and FUYA 3 (2007/06)

6:45pm – 8:00pm FUYA 2 (2005/04) and FUYA 1 (2003/02)***

6:45pm – 8:00pm FUYA Girls (2005/04/03)***

Friday – Papakura (Pulman Arena)

Futsal (Time – TBC)** – FUYA Girls (2005/04/03)

Futsal (Time – TBC)** – FUYA (2006/05/04/03)

All players will require the full FUYA training kit.

Weekend games may be arranged in accordance to availability*

Futsal will run for a 5-week programme (18th Oct / 25th Oct / 1st Nov / 8th Nov / 15th Nov) and will be between the times of 5pm – 9pm**

Training will resume on this day once the futsal competition has finished ***

2019 Fees

If selected to represent Franklin United this season, the cost to be involved are as follows:

For payments our bank account is:

Franklin United Football Club Incorporated

ASB Pukekohe – 12-3023-0044974-01

These fees are in addition to your normal club fees, which will need to be paid to your affiliated club (Pukekohe AFC or Drury United Football Club).

* Full time includes training up to three times per week
** Part time training is once or twice a week

Value for Money

Just a quick rundown on what you get for the fees when you break it down to an hour of entertainment for our young footballers…

In a ten-week term you can go to three training sessions of 1.25 hours, that’s 37.5 hours of potential training in just one term. The term fee is $250 and so the training cost per hour is around $5.75. Of course, there’s the weekend game as well. (And before you ask, that drops it to well under $5 an hour!)

For that, we’ll immerse the players in a football training environment where they’ll only improve. We’ll teach them respect, timeliness and the value of teamwork. We hope you agree this is quite a reasonable cost compared to other entertainment!

Hardship Grants

We recognize that it is a serious financial commitment and for those in genuine hardship the Franklin United Board has created a hardship fund to support specific cases. Hardship grants will be limited. Please email academy@franklinunited.nz for more information.

Uniform

Unsure of sizing? Check out the Joma sizing chart »
The Joma sizes are quite a small a fit so please check the chart. You will likely find you need to order a size larger than usual, or even two sizes larger if you like a loose fit. If you’ve already sent in your kit order form, don’t worry, just let us know if you need to change your size by emailing admin@franklinunited.nz

Pricing

How to Order the FUYA Kit

Fill in our online form below, pop full payment into our account and we will notify you when it has been ordered and again when it is ready for collection.

Franklin United Football Club Incorporated
ASB Pukekohe
12-3023-0044974-01
Please reference your payment with SURNAME, SQUAD AGE, KIT (eg. Smith, 14, Kit)

Kit Order Form

Kit Order Form

Skills Centre

Franklin United is proud to deliver the only Skills Centre Plus programme in the far south of the Federation.

About Skills Centre Plus

Skills Centre Plus is open to players from any club, you don’t have to play for Franklin United, Drury UFC or Pukekohe AFC.

Skills Centre Plus is an NZF-accredited club-based Talent Development Programme for 9-12 year olds, which, along with playing in a premier youth competitions, is one way for players to be identified for inclusion in the AFF Federation Talent Centre (FTC) programme, which in turn is the pathway into the NZ Football National Talent Centre (NTC).

Interested players join in the first 2 weeks of FUYA trials/training for assessment, and those eligible will be invited to participate in the Skills Centre Plus.

FUYA trials for 9-12 year olds, all 5:15pm-6:30pm
• Tues 29th Jan @ Puni Rugby Club
• Thurs 31st Jan @ Drury UFC
• Mon 4th Feb @ Puni Rugby Club
• Tues 5th Feb @ Puni Rugby Club
• Thurs 7th Feb @ Drury UFC

All FUYA 10th, 11th & 12th Grade players participate in Skills Centre Plus as their Monday night FUYA training, alongside other invited players who play for other clubs.

In Term 1, Skills Centre Plus will be held Mondays 5:15pm-6:30pm at Puni Rugby Club.
In Terms 2 & 3, it will be Mondays 5:15pm-6:30pm at Drury Football Club

The cost is $90 per term.

Skills Centre Plus allows players who are showing potential to play together in the same environment. Accredited by New Zealand Football, selected players are invited to attend practice at a central venue, under the guidance of an approved coaching team. This allows players to be challenged appropriately with and against players of a similar ability, which will help accelerate player development as they are required to operate at a standard that involves a higher level of performance across all four corners. This Skills Centre is the pinnacle provision within junior football and aims to help identify and develop future All Whites and Football Ferns.

FAQs

What is Franklin United Football Academy (FUYA)?

This has been set up to provide the Franklin community the opportunity for ambitious and potential footballers to follow an elite footballing pathway (All Whites, USA University Scholarship etc.).

Who and what ages does FUYA cater for?

This has been set up for local Franklin kids, from Bombay, to Mercer, to Drury, to Awhitu. Academy age group starts with the Young FU’s (10th Grade) and goes up to 17th grade.

Where do the Academy teams play?

The teams will play for Franklin United in the highest AFF competition possible, but can only be registered with Pukekohe AFC or Drury United Football Club.

There have been many questions about which divisions the FUYA teams will play in and we have sought clarification from the Auckland Football Federation (AFF) to make sure we  are clear on what’s in store for our players each weekend.

The FUYA 14th, 15th and 16th Grade teams will all play in their age group Conference division and that spot is theirs for the whole season. The 14th-17th Grade Metro and Conference leagues do not have a grading round – whatever division teams start the season in is the division they stay in all season.  Table standings are assessed at the end of the season in November to decide next year’s positions, and 1-2 teams per division will be promoted or relegated.

13th Grade is a little different – 24 teams from last season’s top divisions in both Auckland and Northland Football Federations have a pre-season grading tournament to determine for Metro & Conference divisions.  These teams remain in those divisions for the rest of the season.

Can you be part of the Academy but still play for your club?

There are opportunities for players who just want to be exposed to the academy development, but also play with their friends at their local club (not for Franklin United).

How much does it cost?

The academy fees are in line with all other elite Auckland footballing academies.  Please click here to see our Academy Fees.

Is there trials?

The trials were held in February.

What if we can’t afford to put our child through the Academy?

There are funding opportunities available and kids can be selected with a reference from your local club and completing a process with Franklin United. This is to help kids that may not be able to afford the fees.

I may have trouble getting my child to and from training’s three times a week

We are potentially looking at providing a mini bus to assist in getting players to and from training.

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