Burnley head of youth for Australasia Paul Wozny talks with (from left) Oliver Colloty (9), Jackson Cole (6) and Aidan Broome (7) at Sunnyvale yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A little of northwest England arrived in Green Island last
The Burnley Football Club held its first trial at Sunnyvale
as part of a development programme it is looking to start in
The club, in 10th position in the Championship, the tier
below the Premier League, is looking to grow its Australasian
coaching programme and is setting up three centres in the
Burnley Football Club head of youth for Australasia Paul
Wozny said there were two goals for the new programmes.
''We can create a bit of brand awareness for the Burnley
Football Club and, hopefully, we should be able to find a few
players for the future,'' he said.
''We have got 500 players involved in Australia throughout
five centres which we believe is a unique programme.''
Burnley had 15 fulltime staff working in the Australasian
programme and three fulltime coaches would be based in New
Zealand when the centres got up and running. One centre was
likely to be based in Dunedin with the other two in
Wozny said Burnley had traditionally relied on local talent
for its teams but that had dried up in the past 20 years.
He said players in New Zealand and Australia did not get the
same level of intensity as football in Europe so they would
try to create that environment in their centres.
They were keen to work with clubs, schools, federations and
associations and have individual programmes for players.
''A lot of the big clubs, the Manchester Uniteds, the
Arsenals, they do promotion trips to Asia and Australasia but
they do not stay. Here players can learn the Burnley way.''
Former Mosgiel forward Cameron Howieson was now playing at
Burnley and had trained with the first team this week.
Wozny said the success of Howieson had helped open up
communications over the past 12 months.
The trial last night was for children aged under 12 while
those aged up to 16 would be on tonight, again at Sunnyvale.