McDonalds Junior Football Coach of the Year

Friday, August 19, 2016
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A trip to the FIFA Club World Cup could be in store for JD Dennen after he was named as the Mainland Football regional winner of the 2016 McDonald’s Junior Football Coach of the Year competition.

JD Dennen will receive a coaching equipment pack to use for training and games and has also gone into the draw to become national winner.


The three shortlisted Mainland Football finalists were:

·         JD Dennen (Nomads Utd)

·         Hamish Cuthbert (Cashmere Technical)

·         Shane Speakman (Rangers FC)

Congratulations to Hamish and Shane who shall also receive a coaching equipment pack as recognition for their efforts and commitment.

The overall Coach of the Year will receive an amazing football experience at the Club World Cup in Japan this December, including a behind-the-scenes look at Auckland City FC’s preparation for the world’s premier club tournament.

Hundreds of nominations were received nationwide and all are highly deserving of recognition for their selfless efforts in being one of the country’s 6,000 junior football coaches and volunteers.

But JD Dennen stood out in the Mainland Football region for giving up so much of his time to coach the Nomads United Cheetahs.

Joeri (or JD as he is called) is committed to supporting the youngsters in the First Kicks Programme at Nomads United and has committed to improving himself for the players benefit by attending Coach Education courses throughout the year.

JD makes the players feel welcome and has never missed a session. The players love his manner and he knows how to speak to the young boys & girls to help them have fun and enjoy their football. He always encourages them to improve their skills whilst creating a positive environment for them, which see’s all the players wanting to return every week to enjoy themselves with him.

JD is committed, kind, understanding, encouraging and a positive person for all his players as well as being a positive role model for any coach.

New Zealand Football Junior Development Manager Owain Prosser is delighted to be able to recognise such a deserving recipient after receiving a flood of entries.

“The response to the competition has been very positive and we have been inundated with nominations from all over the country. This shows a recognition of the hard work that is carried out on a weekly basis by the junior football coaches,” he says.

“The standard of the nominations was very high, with coaches excelling at providing enjoyable learning environments for children. Coaches like these are helping to grow the game in New Zealand and it is fantastic that McDonalds are able to recognise and reward them for this.”

Nominations were encouraged for positive behaviour both on and off the pitch, including supporting players positively from the touch line, introducing new players to the game and helping out in their local community.

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