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About Us

We are the Academy for the Wellington Phoenix FC who play in the Australian Hyundai A-League.

We are based at the Ricoh Centre, Fraser Park in the beautiful capital city of Wellington, New Zealand.  To be part of the Academy players need to reside in Wellington full time.  We run a full time comprehensive and holistic youth development programme for our Academy players.

The Academy teams represent the Wellington Phoenix during the NZ summer competition, our U20 team in the ISPS Handa Premiership and U17 team in the National Youth League.  We also have an alliance partner club Lower Hutt City AFC which enables our teams (U20, U17 & U15) to play in domestic winter competitions.

The Academy has been in existence since 2013 but only in its current full time form since 2016.  In the first five years of existence we have helped develop 13 players who have earned professional contracts and 7 players who received full scholarships at US Universities. In addition to this we have seen 7 of our graduates progress and earn full International All Whites caps as well as healthy representative in the NZ national age group sides. These are listed on our graduates and national reps page.