Executive Board

Kieron Henare - President

Kieron originally started playing for the club in 5th grade and played throughout the junior and youth grades while growing up. One of the highlights being representing the club in Australia at an U17 level in the Australian National Tournament "Kanga Cup" where they came runners up overall. After that, spent several enjoyable years in the 1st/Reserve squad and during those years the squad went from Norther 3rd Division all the way up to Northern Premier League.

In 2007 Kieron went and played socially elsewhere and returned to Albany at the end of 2015 to join the Junior Committee and launched the Harbour West Tournament along with Cluster Training's. At the beginning of 2016 he also joined the Executive Board and in early 2017 became Vice President. Then in 2018 became President and have spent the last two season in the role and looking forward to a third season next year with a great team of dedicated people on all the committees.

Contact Kieron by email - president@albanyunited.org 

Andy Turner - Vice President

Andy has been part of the Albany Executive board since his appointment in 2013. Andy has held club roles as our Club Captain from 2017 to 2019, Club Secretary 2018-2019 and is taking on the role of Vice President for the year to come. Andy has been a member of Albany United for 24 years, joining in 1996 when he played as a mini midget. Since then, Andy has played more than 100 games for our Men’s First Team, coached our Women’s squad from 2016 and currently plays in our NFF DIV 1 squad Albany Goose.

Favourite Team: Newcastle United
Favourite Player: Alan Shearer

Contact Andy by email - vicepresident@albanyunited.org

Kirsty Whiting - Secretary

Kirsty joined the club as a player in 2016 after being away from football for 10 years. Since re-joining the sport her passion has reignited, she started out as a player on the field but has since found herself in the position of goalkeeper - crazy, right! Albany Football is now part of the family to Kirsty, in the few short years she has been with the club she has since become a part of the events committee, volunteer club photographer, now club secretary and has recently become a referee. During the winter there isn’t a weekend that Kirsty isn’t present at the club one way or another. 

Contact Kirsty by email - Secretary@albanyunited.org

Leewaine Scott - Treasurer

Leewaine has been involved with Albany since 2015, having played in the first team. After a year away from the club, followed by an injury, he returned to Albany to play in the first team midway through the 2019 season. In November of 2019, Leewaine joined the executive board. This year he has taken up the role of first-team manager after another bad injury. 

Favourite team - FC Spidey Thicc 
Favourite Player - Dev Pokhrel 

Contact Leewaine by email - Treasurer@albanyunited.org

Dave Irwin - Executive Board Member

Dave Irwin has been involved in football since 1982 either playing, coaching, managing or administration. He has been involved with Albany United since 2010 when his son, Nathan, started playing midget football as a 7 year old. He has been the assistant coach/manager of his sons  team from 2010 and they are now the Under 17s Development team. In 2018 he served on the Junior and Youth Committee. At the 2018 AGM he became a member of the Executive Board and is also the Chairman of the Rosedale Park Sports Charitable Trust which looks after our clubrooms. Dave is looking forward to the continued growth and success of the Club across all grades and teams. COYR!

Contact Dave by email - Dave@albanyunited.org

Vaughan Wright - Executive Board Member

Vaughan Wright currently serving on the Executive Board of Albany United. I joined the board midway through the 2019 season and have enjoyed a fantastic year following the success the club has enjoyed. After years of playing and coaching ( now retired) I’ve enjoyed being able to contribute to football in another way, even self nominated minivan/ bus driver on the away trips. A life long Chelsea fan I’d love to see some blue around the club but for now it’s come on the red army.

Contact Vaughan by email - vaughan@albanyunited.org

Julie Harrison - Community and Communications

Julie Harrison was new to the Club in 2019 when her 3 sons all joined and she became their Team Manager. This then lead to joining her our Junior Committee and later the role of Community and Communications. She currently liaises with our local School groups, helps with Sponsorship and organises communication with our current members. 

Contact Julie by email - Julie@albanyunited.org

Garry Trewin - Club Captain

Garry has been part of the Junior Committee (which oversees First KicksJuniors & Youth Football) since 2017 and has held the role of Committee Chairman since 2018. His appointment to the role saw him nominated as McDonalds coach of the year for past 2 years and also as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2019 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. As well as being part of the Junior Committee, Garry has helped playing for a couple of senior teams and coaches/supports junior teams.

Supports: Manchester United
Favourite Player: David Beckham

Contact Garry by email - Club Captain@albanyunited.org

Management Board

Kieron Henare - President

Kieron originally started playing for the club in 5th grade and played throughout the junior and youth grades while growing up. One of the highlights being representing the club in Australia at an U17 level in the Australian National Tournament "Kanga Cup" where they came runners up overall. After that, spent several enjoyable years in the 1st/Reserve squad and during those years the squad went from Norther 3rd Division all the way up to Northern Premier League.

In 2007 Kieron went and played socially elsewhere and returned to Albany at the end of 2015 to join the Junior Committee and launched the Harbour West Tournament along with Cluster Training's. At the beginning of 2016 he also joined the Executive Board and in early 2017 became Vice President. Then in 2018 became President and have spent the last two season in the role and looking forward to a third season next year with a great team of dedicated people on all the committees.

Contact Kieron by email - president@albanyunited.org 

Graeme Saxony - Senior Committee Chairman

Graeme has been part of the Senior Committee since 2017 and has held the role of Committee Chairman since 2018. His appointment to the role saw him as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2018 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. As well as being part of the Senior Committee, Graeme also manages/plays for Albany Red United in NFF Div 2.

Supports: Newcastle United
Favourite Player: Peter Schmeichel

Contact Graeme by email - seniors@albanyunited.org

Josh Hunt - Junior Committee Chairman

Josh was voted into the role within the Junior Committee (which oversees First KicksJuniors & Youth Football) in 2020 bringing a strong organisational background in support of the Committee.  His prior involvement with the Club has been through supporting his son and daughter through winter and summer football.
 
Josh’s focus will be on working with the Committee to keep admin requirements light, and communications relevant, leaving players, parents, coaches and managers full energy to bring their pure passion for the game.

Contact Josh by email - JuniorChairman@albanyunited.org

Dan Campbell - Junior Youth Director of Football

Dan Campbell is our newly appointed Junior Youth Director of Football. He is also the head coach for our Skills Development Programme & Talent Development Programme, and is also our very own First team player as well.

Contact Dan by email - danc@albanyunited.org and Firstteam@albanyunited.org

Mike Sanders - Youth Coordinator

My name is Mike Sanders and I am the Youth Co-ordinator for the 2020 season looking after the U13-U17 grades.  I’ve been on the Junior Youth committee and the Management board of the club for the last 3 years. Where I have enjoyed being a parents voice and making a difference for the kids on the field. You will probably see me riding around on the quadbike  on a Saturday or at Tournaments helping my son Josh, (who currently plays in the U17 dev team and has been part of the Albany United family for the past 10 years)  set up for the first kicks and junior games on a Saturday. You can contact me anytime at mikes@albanyunited.org or youth@albanyunited.org

Tom Mason - Event Chairman

Contact Tom by email - events@albanyunited.org

Junior & Youth Committee

Josh Hunt - Junior Committee Chairman

Josh was voted into the role within the Junior Committee (which oversees First KicksJuniors & Youth Football) in 2020 bringing a strong organisational background in support of the Committee.  His prior involvement with the Club has been through supporting his son and daughter through winter and summer football.
 
Josh’s focus will be on working with the Committee to keep admin requirements light, and communications relevant, leaving players, parents, coaches and managers full energy to bring their pure passion for the game.

Contact Josh by email - JuniorChairman@albanyunited.org

Mike Sanders - Youth Coordinator

My name is Mike Sanders and I am the Youth Co-ordinator for the 2020 season looking after the U13-U17 grades.  I’ve been on the Junior Youth committee and the Management board of the club for the last 3 years. Where I have enjoyed being a parents voice and making a difference for the kids on the field. You will probably see me riding around on the quadbike  on a Saturday or at Tournaments helping my son Josh, (who currently plays in the U17 dev team and has been part of the Albany United family for the past 10 years)  set up for the first kicks and junior games on a Saturday. You can contact me anytime at mikes@albanyunited.org or youth@albanyunited.org

Paul Smith - Junior Coordinator

Paul Smith has been coaching junior teams at Albany United for a number of years and is currently coaching the 11th Grade Development team. He has four children playing for teams at the club.  He is also a qualified referee, and has the misfortune to support Newcastle United.

Contact Paul by email - juniors@albanyunited.org or paul.smith@albanyunited.org

Chris Castell - First Kicks Coordinator

Chris Castell has been coaching his son’s first kicks team since 2018 and has been co-hosting first kicks cluster training since 2019.
Chris has fond memories of when he was 5 years old and played soccer at Glover park.  Chris represented Selwyn Collage in Soccer.
Occasionally supports Queens Park Rangers.

Contact Chris by email - FirstKicks@albanyunited.org

Julie Harrison - Community and Communications

Julie Harrison was new to the Club in 2019 when her 3 sons all joined and she became their Team Manager. This then lead to joining her our Junior Committee and later the role of Community and Communications. She currently liaises with our local School groups, helps with Sponsorship and organises communication with our current members. 

Contact Julie by email - Julie@albanyunited.org

Mark Harrison - Volunteers and Registrations Co-ordinator

Mark Harrison was new to the Club in 2019 when his 3 sons, one in 6th grade and twins in 9th grade, started. Mark took on Coaching his sons 9th grade team, and soon after joined our Committee and could often be found behind the BBQ at our Tournaments. Of course this lead to his daughter joining the Club as well for Summer Football in 2019.

Contact Mark by email - volunteer@albanyunited.org or registrations@albanyunited.org

Emma Rameil - Junior Secretary and Uniforms Co-ordinator

Contact Emma by email - juniorsecretary@albanyunited.org or uniforms@albanyunited.org

Senior Committee

Graeme Saxony - Senior Committee Chairman

Graeme has been part of the Senior Committee since 2017 and has held the role of Committee Chairman since 2018. His appointment to the role saw him as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2018 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. As well as being part of the Senior Committee, Graeme also manages/plays for Albany Red United in NFF Div 2.

Supports: Newcastle United
Favourite Player: Peter Schmeichel

Contact Graeme by email - seniors@albanyunited.org

Alvin Cheung - Senior Committee Member

Alvin joined the Senior Committee in February 2019 and plays for one of our ASFA teams, Green Machine. Alvin works for Northern Football Federation and is heavily involved in engaging with the Asian community and delivering great sport initiatives. Alvin has recently been recognised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation for being one of the top 25 aspirational leaders who works tirelessly to better the relations between New Zealand and Asia.

Supports: Liverpool FC
Favourite Player: Steven Gerrard

Allan Wilson – Senior Committee Member

Allan joined the Senior Committee in February 2019 and manages one of our ASFA teams, Green Machine. Allan is one of the country’s top young referees which saw him officiate the 2018 ISPS HANDA Chatham Cup final. Allan also sits on the board for the Auckland Sunday Football Association and is continually expanding our Sunday football offering.

Support:
Favourite Player:

Stephen Pearson – Senior Committee Member

Stephen joined the Senior Committee in November 2019 in preparation for the 2020 season. Stephen's appointment to the committee is an exciting one with his years of experience in the footballing world which has seen him manage/play for Albany North End in NFF Div 3 for the past 5 years as well as giving up his time to run various teams all year round.

Supports: Manchester United
Favourite Player: Ryan Giggs

 

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