Claudelands Rovers Announce Head Coaches for 2017
Claudelands Rovers Football Club is aiming for strong push in all facets of Football growth and pathways in 2017. As the club moves towards its centenary in 2023 it has secured prominent appointments at all levels of football development to guide the way.
Leading the charge are Head coaches of the Men’s and Ladies first teams, Rodi Rojas and Dave Hayes respectively.
L-R Richard Harris, Jimmy Keaney, Warrick Gibson, Rodi Rojas, Warren Jones, Dave Hayes
Men’s Football at Rovers has been the poorer cousin to the Ladies echelon for the past decade where the ladies have been a Premier team regionally and nationally, winning numerous titles including the 2015 Northern League Premier Womens title for the second time in five years. It’s now time to even the playing field.
Rojas became part of the Rovers coaching group in 2016 alongside Richard Harris, coaching the Men’s First team competing in the AFF Northern League Division 2. Having survived the season, a new outlook was required to assess the direction of the mens team and a new strategy developed to push for success. Rojas has signed on for another two years and has gathered together a strong team of staff to realise his goals ahead of 2017, including coaches Jeff Tozer, Warrick Gibson, Richard Harris, and Jimmy Keaney. The men’s first and second teams have already begun a pre-season conditioning program ahead of next season - though spaces are still available. No stone will be left unturned to achieve their goals.
The newest appointment to the coaching environment comes in the form of Dave Hayes. Hayes has numerous years of experience coaching WaiBOP FTC programs, Northern League, Youth level and holds NZ Coaching preliminary badge. He also has a daughter in the NZ U20 squad and a son playing for Hamilton Wanderers in the National League. Hayes has hopes of inspiring a continuing number of highly talented players through the Club. With a number of New Zealand National League, International and upcoming talented players returning to football for 2017 he has the basis for another title winning squad.
Jointly both Hayes and Rojas will look to share expertise throughout the season as well in other aspects of coaching with Rojas sitting on the committee as Coaching Co-ordinator, alongside club stalwart Andrew Hansen.
The aim is very clear - to produce a hotbed for both Men’s and Women’s elite teams. The process builds on a connected club vision, starting at youth level and building close relationships with the local community and school network. Geographically Claudelands Rovers is ideally positioned at the epicentre of a large pool of school networks and leveraging this aspect through club support into schools will be a big focus. Finally to complete a pathway for youth through to Northern League a Youth Talent Centre in conjunction with Rojas is being established. The pathway is based on the successful direction he inspired for his own son Marco. Marco is currently a premier All White and has a full-time professional contract with Australian A League Club, Melbourne Victory.
Any players wishing to join Claudelands Rovers in 2017 can make contact via
Keep an eye out on the Facebook page and website for Mens and Ladies Muster dates for 2017
Last Modified on 15/12/2016 18:13