Player Welfare in the spotlight

New Zealand Football’s Player Welfare team will be back in action at Seddon Fields this year for the 2018 U-17 Youth Football Tournament delivered by the Youth Football Development Trust.

From March 16-18 NZF’s Player Welfare team led by Megan Crockett, the National Player Welfare Manager for New Zealand Football, will be educating and activating the many stakeholders of the beautiful game.

New Zealand Football’s Player Welfare Team have identified this tournament as a key pre-season event to be working with teams to establish best practice routines for match preparation, recovery and injury management which are key components of the Fit4Football programme.

“This is a good time for us to be educating and activating out football communities, coaches, players, parents and clubs to learn from our activation zones and player welfare team on key philosophies that can support their teams throughout the upcoming season,” Crockett said.

The whole Player Welfare Team will be on hand at the various activation zones for the three days.

“We will be running warm up and cool down zones as well as a recovery zone that will include ice baths to aid player recovery.

“There will also be a chill out zone for the players to come and have some down time away from the game and off their legs to enable them to recharge for the next game.

Crockett said the key thing is the performance benefits that players and teams will get from these zones.

“We will see an increased performance across the board from players and a reduction in severe and debilitating injuries.

“The improved recovery between games will enable better performances on the pitch.

“It is also hoped that teams will start to think about developing a player welfare culture for the season ahead.”

The Fit4Football programme is a Player Welfare and prevention programme for the masses. It is a community-based programme for players, coaches, clubs, parents, officials, schools and anyone involved in football from junior to social to anywhere in between.

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