We are delighted to announce the appointment of four senior coaches who will lead Northern Rovers Women’s and Men’s, Junior and Youth Premier teams in 2021.

Northern Rovers Men’s Football Development Manager

Adam Dickinson has been appointed to the role of Men’s Football Development Manager. He will oversee our Men’s Premier team, the Reserves and our u17 Youth League team. He will be the Head Coach for the Men’s Premier team and u17s.

Adam was the Forrest Hill Men’s Premier team coach for the 2020 season and he led FHM’s NRFL Division 1 winning team in 2019  He has packed a lot of pedigree into his football career.  Born in Liverpool Adam started his career at Tranmere Rovers in 2005 . He played one season there, moving in 2006 to Connah’s Quay in Wales . In 2009 Dickinson left the UK , moving to New Zealand to play for Auckland City FC in the ASB Premiership . In 2010 he played for Navua FC, a Fijian Club . With Auckland City, he won two domestic league seasons ( 2008/09 and 2013/14 ) and five times the OFC Champions League ( 2009 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 and 2014 ). In 2014 he transferred to Auckland City’s arch rivals, Waitakere United . In 2016 he joined  Amicale of Vanuatu to contest the OFC Champions League .  

With this appointment, Northern Rovers will take a holistic view of our senior teams and Adam will be charged with developing our talent and preparing them to play at the highest levels.

Adam holds a OFC/NZF C License


Northern Rovers Head of Boys Junior and Youth Football

We are very pleased to announce that Kane Wintersgill will join Northern Rovers this month to take up the role of Head of Boys Junior and Youth Football.  Kane joins us having spent the last five years at Eastern Suburbs where he played an integral part in both the coaching and coach development areas of the club, across all ages of the men’s game. As well as spending four seasons as the Assistant Coach of the Men’s National League side. Prior to this Kane was the Director of Football at Sacred Heart College during the college’s most successful period of their history. Having spent time in different technical roles within New Zealand Football, he travelled to Chile for the 2015 U17 World Cup, and more recently to India for the 2017 U17 World Cup.

Kane will be responsible for bedding in Northern Rovers’ playing style and philosophy across our Junior and Youth age groups (u9 to u15). He will also be responsible for creating a learning environment culture that will support our coach development right across the club, this includes developing a coaching education programme for Pro coaches, players and parents .

Kane holds a OFC/NZF A License and NZF Junior Level 3 certification


Northern Rovers Women’s Head of Football, Women’s Premier Co-Coach and First Kicks Head Coach

Ben Bate has been the Head Coach of the Forrest Hill Senior Women’s team for the last 3 seasons alongside other development roles at the club. As the Women’s Head of Football at Northern Rovers he will take an overarching view of the development of our Girls and Women’s football programme. He’ll build on the strategies and pathways already in place and necessary to develop an unrivalled and compelling environment that attracts, develops and retains the best talent in our Club. 

Included in his remit, Ben will co-coach the Women’s Premier team alongside Andrew Clay. He will also head up our First Kicks Programme which is so critical to the future of Northern Rovers.

Ben has worked with both the Northern and Auckland National Women’s League teams, winning the competition with Auckland in 2017 as an assistant coach under current FFDP lead Gemma Lewis. He has been to two World Cups (Men’s U20 in 2015 and Women’s U17 in 2016) as a technical staff member. Prior to this, he worked with the Football Association of Wales as technical staff member through their Women’s pathway from U15 to Senior International including the U19 UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2013. Whilst completing his BSc in Sports Coaching and Sports Science Masters Degree Ben worked with perennial Welsh Premier League Champions The New Saints as a technical staff member winning 3 league titles and 2 National Cups in 4 years as well as competing in Champions League qualifiers that took him to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Denmark amongst others. Ben is the current Head Coach of The Northern Lights playing in the National Women’s League.

Ben holds a OFC/NZF B License

Women’s Premier Co-coach

Andy Clay has been appointed alongside Ben Bate as the Women’s Premier Co-Coach for the 2021 season. 

Andy brings a wealth of coaching experience and success to Northern Rovers especially in the New Zealand Women’s game winning the Kate Shephard cup three times with Three Kings (2012) and then Glenfield Rovers (2017 and 2017). He also bagged Three Kings and Glenfield the Northern Premier League titles in 2007 and 2018 respectively.

He is currently the New Zealand secondary schools assistant coach.

Andy holds a OFC/NZF B License

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The appointment of Adam, Kane, Ben and Andy underlines the importance of youth development within our club and our ambitions for our Premier teams next season and beyond.  The talent development programmes we’ll implement over the coming months will have an massive impact on our club and on football on the North Shore.

A strategic priority for the club is to make it a mecca for coaches and to this end the senior coaching team will be guided by our Technical Director, Darren Bazeley who’s appointment was announced last month.

The club will make announcements regarding our Girls Junior and Youth teams and Community Football appointments in the next few days.