Eastern Suburbs AFC, Northern Rovers FC and Fencibles AFC are pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Bazeley to the role of Technical Director.

Following on from the established resource sharing agreement between Fencibles AFC and Eastern Suburbs AFC the two clubs have been working collectively with the newly formed Northern Rovers FC (Forrest Hill Milford United and Glenfield Rovers) This new initiative now allows the clubs to bring on board someone of Darren’s ability which will be pivotal in enhancing the delivery of football across the three clubs.

“This is another great example where clubs individually could not afford someone of Darren’s skillset so by sharing this resource across our partnered clubs, we can collectively bring on board one of New Zealand’s best footballing talents. For our members to have direct access with the All Whites assistant coach and NZ U20 national coach is very exciting”
Aaron Carson – FUAFC Chairman

“We are extremely excited to be part of this partnership with Fencibles United and Northern Rovers and gaining access to someone of Darren’s experience and capabilities is exciting for all involved. As a club we have been extremely fortunate in the last few years to have access to some great coaches for players and coaching staff alike to benefit from and the appointment of Darren is another opportunity for the club to continue the work that has been done in recent years and continue to drive the club forward”
Simon Hilton – ESAFC Chairman

“Darren will be working closely with each club in many areas however supporting the successful implementation of the clubs playing philosophy’s along with the development of effective cultures and standards are pivotal areas of focus. He will also be working closely with each of the clubs DOF’s to support the development and delivery of their programmes to their players and coaches.
Northern Rovers FC ’s purpose is to provide the environment, culture and pathways necessary to enable our players and coaches to achieve their full potential in our sport. We believe this starts with securing the best coaching talent in the land and Darren brings the expertise and experience necessary to develop Northern Rovers into a mecca for coaches on the Shore. We are delighted to be able to share Darren’s rare talent with Eastern Suburbs and Fencibles and we look forward to further developing our relationship with these clubs in the future.”
Adrian Pickstock – Northern Rovers FC

Darren has an extensive footballing background both as a player and a coach. He was lured back to New Zealand from his coaching role at the Newcastle Jets and previous to that he was coaching at the Colorado Rapids in the MLS.
He has been involved in 72 New Zealand international games, coached at 5 World Cups with the U17 and U20 national teams and he holds a UEFA A License.
Darren has also recently been appointed the new All Whites assistant coach and the NZ U20 national coach.

“It’s exciting to be back working here in NZ, I’ve been really impressed with the ambition and direction that Eastern Suburbs, Fencibles and Northern Rovers are looking to take, with Club and Player Development at the forefront. The people in charge of driving these clubs forward really do have the best interests of Football here in NZ in mind. After 3 years personally being away it feels like there has been a great mindset change to how football looks here and I’m excited to be working with these clubs helping them achieve what they want to.”
Darren Bazeley

Northern Regional Football are supportive of this initiative in the club space that aims to deliver a high-quality long-term sustainable experience for club members.

“NRF is fully supportive of clubs engaging in collaborative solutions to football development. In this instance a shared role across the clubs involved which looks to align processes and structures while also building capability in each club is a great outcome for the game.
In recruiting Darren for the role, the clubs now have access to someone who has obvious football pedigree, understands the Auckland landscape and will no doubt contribute a great deal to the game on and off the field.”
Steven Upfold – Northern Region Football – General Manager