We have two football development programmes scheduled for term four, catering to players of all abilities.

Player Development Programme

For boys and girls aged 8-13 who wish to improve their game. This programme is run by coaches from the Ricki Herbert Football Academy. Click HERE for more information and to register.

  • Venue: Matamata Domain.
  • Session times: 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
  • Dates: Fridays – October 28 to December 9.

Pre-Federation Academy

Dedicated training for current 11th grade players looking to play U12 Federation League football in 2023. Involvement is by invitation only. Contact dwayne@dbmm.co.nz for more information.

  • Venue: Matamata Domain.
  • Session times: 4pm to 5pm.
  • Dates: Wednesdays – October 26 to December 7.

All football development programmes are run in conjunction with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy. These programmes align with our Development Philosophy.


About the Ricki Herbert Football Academy

The Ricki Herbert Football Academy(RHFA) is committed to the advancement of football in New Zealand.

The Academy does this by helping children of all skill levels to reach their maximum potential in an enjoyable but structured environment where peak performance is inevitable.

RHFA’s elite team of professional coaches willingly provide guidance, mentorship, exposure and travel to international tournaments for those children who dream of making football their life while remaining focused on the core values of excellence, professionalism, dedication and fun.

At a time where schools, clubs and even federations can only offer so much to so many players, the Ricki Herbert Football Academy is here to offer that other opportunity. This is the opportunity of extra football training, international tours and an overall enjoyment of the game. Be it after school, holiday or weekend training, the Ricki Herbert Football Academy is here to keep young and keen footballers interested in the game … an opportunity!

Around New Zealand

The Ricki Herbert Football Academy has grown quickly since its foundation in 2014. The academy runs Talent Development Centres throughout the upper North Island.

Head coach Kale Herbert says the academy is now getting the benefits of scale, as the combined regional and national numbers make it possible to send tour groups overseas as well as hosting national training camps.

“We’re always looking to our next talent centre, and we certainly plan to set one up in the South Island,” he says.