3 Jun 2010

NZ Football determined World Cup will end boom bust cycle

2:54 pm on 3 June 2010

New Zealand football is determined the All Whites appearance at the world cup in South Africa will signal end to the boom bust cycle of the sport in New Zealand.

It will use some of the $10 million it's gained from World Cup qualification to implement a 10-year development programme.

$4 million of the World Cup earnings will be shared among the players.

Of the remaining $6 million some will go towards what's been dubbed a Whole of Football Programme.

The chief executive of New Zealand Football Michael Glading says previously football's failed to capitalise on opportunities to develop the game, trying to implement schemes in too short a timeframe and without adequate funding.

He says the Whole of Football programme covers every aspect of the game, from junior players right through to international level and includes volunteers, referees, and administrators.

The first phase he says will target juniors so that youngters around the country are all receiving similar quality coaching.

An investment fund has been established for the remainder of the $6 million World Cup windfall.