All White Aaron Clapham appointed technical director for Mainland Football

Former All White Aaron Clapham has been appointed technical director for Mainland Football.

Clapham (37) takes over from Lee Padmore who has joined the Wellington Phoenix as its academy director. He was previously the federation’s player development manager.

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In their announcement, Mainland Football said: “Aaron will oversee all aspects of the technical team including the management of the tech team staff and taking a position on the Senior Leadership Team at Mainland.

“The federation is extremely happy to be able to promote from within and know that we’re certainly in great hands as he has so ably demonstrated since Lee’s departure.”

Clapham earned 13 caps as an All White, and is currently an assistant coach with the New Zealand squad.

Main photo: From left, Katie Adams, Aaron Clapham and Hemi Innes. Photo credit: Mainland Football.

Mainland Football have made two more appointments to their team.

Katie Adam will be the federation’s new women and girls’ lead.

“Katie comes to us from WORD, a youth mountain bike charity, where she held the role of programme manager,” the federation says.

“She has previously worked for Sport Canterbury, in their Green Prescription Team, and the Wellington City Council where she held various roles within their sport and recreation department.”

Hemi Innes has been appointed to a fixed-term role till July, helping with the delivery of Football for All, the Kōtuitui Schools Programme, and developing a working relationship with Māori Football Aotearoa.

“Hemi has recently completed his law and science degree from the University of Canterbury and will be well known to the community, having played for the Canterbury United Futsal Dragons for many years, as well as playing local football for various clubs.”

Innes is a current member of the Futsal Whites.

Mainland Football chief executive Martin Field-Dodgson said: “We’re really excited about bringing Katie and Hemi on board, primarily because they are both awesome human beings! They’re also sharp operators, and the opportunities that exist in their roles will be groundbreaking for the sport.

“Being able to call on the qualities of Aaron to fill Lee’s shoes is not only a nod to how well our technical team has been functioning over recent years but also is testament to Aaron and the skills that he adds to our environment.”

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