Franklin United latest club to join the Friends of Football family

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Franklin United FC have joined the growing group of Friends of Football partner clubs.

Franklin United is the high-performance football club for the Counties/Franklin region between the Waikato and Auckland, supported by the region’s member community football clubs including Drury, Pukekohe, and Tuakau.

Franklin United senior teams play in the men’s NRFL and Women’s NRF Championship, and Franklin United youth teams play in NRF age-group grades.

Main photo: Franklin United patron Michael Lieshout accepts the Friends of Football poster on behalf of the club.

Through Franklin United, players in the largely rural community south of Auckland are able to compete and succeed at a high level without having to leave the area.

Players and coaches are drawn to Franklin United for the high quality, experienced coaching, the positive and supportive playing, and training environment, and the ambition to develop and succeed that spans the men’s, women’s, and youth squads.

Headed by 64-capped Solomon Island international Henry Fa’arodo, the Franklin United football academy offers professional-level coaching for the district’s young players, providing them with a pathway to top-level football, without needing to leave the area to pursue their football goals.

A feature of the Franklin United 2022 season has been the excitement of hosting home games at the 20,000-capacity Counties stadium, which has one of the best playing surfaces in Auckland, ideal for the exciting passing football style to which Franklin United aspires.

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About our club partnerships

Through our partnerships, we are working together to promote football in the Northern and WaiBOP regions.

More clubs are in the process of completing the steps which includes Friends of Football presenting them with framed posters.

Here’s who have already completed the partnership agreement process:

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We look forward to announcing more when we present them with our poster!

What Friends of Football does to help clubs

Over the past year, we have built this website to become a primary source of football news, whether it’s about our national teams, or competitions such as the Northern League and Lotto NRFL competitions.

We cover local football and we promote events on behalf of clubs.

Behind the scenes, we raise funds to help worthwhile football projects through our Helping Hand fund, and we look for innovative ways to promote football, such as through our men’s and women’s All Stars teams.

How your club can help us

In return, we’re asking clubs to help us reach their members and supporters.

We ask that they add our logo to their club’s website and link to our site. We also ask clubs to display our poster — see main photo — and include our logo in match programmes.

It’s as simple as that.

Why not get your club involved?

If you belong to a club in the Northern or WaiBOP regions, please consider partnering with us.

There’s no cost; there’s no catch.

Email us at and we’ll look forward to explaining more about what we do.

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