Northern Rovers FC

Coaching & Administration Appointments for 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two senior coaches who will lead Northern Rovers Junior, Youth and Community teams in 2021. Plus, the appointment of two administration members to lead the new club forward into the new era of football on Auckland’s North Shore.

Northern Rovers Community Football Development Manager

Andrew Clay will fulfil the role as Junior and Youth Development Officer for the up and coming 2021 season. This role is designed to manage and implement a couple of things; a Northern Rovers’ Community Football plan with a particular focus on the provision of high quality football experiences and to ensure that there is a strong member relationship between Norther Rovers FC and the community. We believe Andy is the perfect candidate for this role, his passion and love for the game, is paramount in the community involvement and participation at the club. Andy has a strong belief in bettering the game but also those within in it. He will work alongside our fantastic coaches and volunteers to maximise their opportunity and enjoyment through football. Last week, we also announced Andy is the Co-Coach of the Women’s Premier Team, alongside Ben Bate.

Andy is really looking forward to getting started “I’m genuinely excited to take on this role. I fell in love with this game 45 years ago and my goal is to get the next generation of kids to fall in love with the game like I did. I believe no matter what your age or ability your football environment should be enjoyable, encouraging, and educational for players and coaches alike. To that end I will support junior and youth coaches (as well as senior teams should they require it) with administrative and football education resources to help give them an experience that keeps them coming back year after year. Northern Rovers is my club, these are my people.”


Andy holds a NZF/OFC B License

Northern Rovers Head of Girls Junior and Youth Football

Michael Halliday brings a wealth of experience to this role with his involvement in the New Zealand’s women’s game for many years. Michael has a passion for the development of the women’s game in New Zealand and will work very closely alongside Ben Bates in creating future pathways for any girl or women, no matter their ability. He will be responsible for building on Northern Rovers’ playing style and philosophy across our Junior and Youth age groups (U9 to U14). Michael has been involved as a sport scientist with NZF and held many coaching jobs in top clubs across the country including, Glenfield Rovers AFC Women’s Assistant coach and the Coaching Director at North Shore United. Michael says, “I really look forward to identifying and working with young female footballers to really implement a footballing pathway that caters for everyone. I’d like to see Northern Rovers FC develop pathways for all footballing abilities, young, old, social and elite. Success to me is Northern Rovers FC being the one place young footballers on the Shore want and look to be a part of. This is something I will endeavour to achieve under my new role.”

Michael holds a OFC/NZF B License and NZF Qualified Coach Educator

Northern Rovers General Manager

Lee Edwards has joined Northern Rovers to fill the newly created role of General Manager. Lee leaves North Shore United in a similar role where he has been for the last few years. Lee was a Glenfield Rovers member, playing in the Over 35 team the Roosters and plays Summer Football. He has previously sat on the Board for Glenfield Rovers, ran previous seasons of Summer Football and First Kicks. Lee also owns the popular program ‘Sports 4 Tots’ around Auckland.

Lee will help guide the club into the new era of football, improving our offering to members, strengthening our commercial relationships, growing our brand and ensuring that members get a better experience, year after year.

“I’m delighted to be joining Northern Rovers in my new role as General Manager. Having been a part of Glenfield Rovers for 13 years as a player, board member, volunteer and parent, the club holds a special place in my life. I am excited to be part of this new venture and firmly believe that Northern Rovers can be built into a formidable club. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of the club in terms of membership, sponsorship, talent, performance and general enjoyment and enthusiasm for football at all ages.

The club will face a number of challenges during the opening months so I will appreciate your patience and support to help us overcome these.  I’m looking forward to meeting both familiar and new faces during the season.”

Northern Rovers Membership Manager

Karyn Parle has been appointed alongside Lee Edwards, to lead our administration for Northern Rovers. Karyn joins us from her role at Forrest Hill Milford, as their administrator and being the general go to person for everything in the club. Karyn’s experience and local knowledge will ensure the smooth transition from two clubs to one.

In Karyn’s role as Membership Manager, she will ensure that member have a point of contact, a place to ask questions and ensure that our new Friendly Manager database is efficiently managed, so members can get the best experience from their club.

“I have been a member of Forrest Hill Milford for 8 years, many of those spent in volunteer roles until I officially joined the admin team 4 years ago in a part time capacity. This role quickly grew from Junior Administrator to Club Manger.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and I am extremely excited to be a part of the Northern Rovers future. Looking for to seeing all the new faces and getting back on the fields.”



Northern Rovers will open registrations via our website on Monday the 14th of December. Members will be able to register and get all the details on the 2021 season from then. In January of 2021, we will hold open days, for members to come down in person to register, ask questions or get to know their new club members.


The appointment of Andy, Michael, Lee and Karyn, continues to show that Northern Rovers is serious about creating a successful, sustainable football club, one that builds culture and engages with the community better than ever before.

The board is excited by the pieces all coming together in our vision that we had members vote on.

Kind regards,

Cole Hinton

Co-Chair; Commercial Portfolio

Northern Rovers FC