2018 is coming to a close and it has been another eventful year at Franklin United. I would like to start off by thanking everyone involved in helping the club achieve its dreams – dreams which are focused on supporting the Franklin community.

The board held a review meeting at the start of December, and we were joined by Dean Ihaia, the Pukekohe AFC president. We looked at what went well and what needs to be improved on in 2019 with a view to improve systems and create stronger communication. It was a robust meeting and we tested ourselves to make sure we work together to improve and further develop the pathways for our football members.

The vision is still clear. Within real but also aggressive timelines, we are shooting for the stars. We want to represent Franklin in the NRFL Premier Division. We want to have a team in each age group from 10-17 in the AFF Metro Divisions. This way we are challenging ourselves against the best players and clubs in our region. We want to set the standard for football development in the south of Auckland, and part of doing this is becoming a NZF Licensed Club. Being a NZF Licensed club means we have to follow frameworks that have been developed at the top of football in this country and includes player development, coach development, skill centres etc. An example of a benefit of becoming a NZF Licensed club means that we will get automatic entry into each Age Group Metro Division. If a club does not have a License it is simple, there is no Metro Division spot. So there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes pushing Franklin United into this position. So that it can provide the best competitions available for players and coaches in our area. Franklin United was built to create this opportunity for our community because as four separate clubs, it is four times as difficult to achieve. But together we can reach our goals, as there is no doubt in my mind that we have the local talent.

Another area of interest is women’s football, with a girl’s only gala day being launched early next year. You have most likely seen the appointment of Tracy Wrigley as our NRFL Division two Head Coach. A signal that it doesn’t matter which gender you are – if you have the skills and capability, you deserve the opportunity.

I will finish by wishing everyone in our community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you all next year.

Jim Evans

Operations Manager