Waiuku Director of Football, Shane Thomas, joins Franklin United’s junior coaching staff and is eager to learn and share ideas across the board.

Currently at Waiuku’s Academy Player Development Program which caters for 8th through to 13th grade & also at FUYA with the 10th, 11th & 12th grades.

Passionate about learning, he has worked hard to complete his Junior intro, Junior L1, Youth L1, fit for football qualifications and is in the process of completing his Junior L3.

An active committee member of both the Junior and Senior Clubs at Waiuku, Shane currently holds the positions of Junior/Senior Coordinator, Junior Club Vice President, Director of Football, and Head Coach of the Academy.

Franklin United Director of Football, Ben Fletcher, is delighted to have Shane on board saying that “Franklin’s vision is about creating pathways for coaches as much as players. Having Shane involved with the junior set up highlights the importance of local coaches and the passion they share for the region.

“We are excited to see Shane grow as a coach and has already made massive strides in his learning at Waiuku, with the Player Development Programme. The region is shaping quite nicely in the football landscape and there are fantastic people driving it forward.

“Welcome to the Franklin Family Shane!”

When asked about his call to coaching, Thomas said: “I got into coaching because football has always been a huge passion of mine, I guess you could say that football is my religion!”

“I saw an opportunity to share that passion and my knowledge of the game with the young people of my area. I love to build great relationships with the players I coach and through that trust and commitment watch the players grow within the sport and within themselves.”

A local resident, Shane is thrilled to be joining the Franklin United family.

“Being part of FUYA for this year is a huge opportunity for me to learn from some of the best coaches we have in the Franklin area and also a chance to work with some amazing kids that fully share my passion for football and learning.”