West Coast Rangers and Northland FC announce partnership

West Coast Rangers and Northland FC have announced a partnership in which they plan to work together to develop players and provide pathways.

In their joint announcement, Auckland club West Coast Rangers said: “We will be collaborating with Northland to further our players’ development and open up collaborative pathways for our players to pursue.”

Northland said: “It is fantastic to have a connection with this club who share the same player development values.”

Neither club has publicly provided details of how the partnership will work, but both say, “Watch this space”.

West Coast Rangers have about 1,460 registered players and their top teams play in the Northern League (men) and the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premiership.

Northland play in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Northern Conference, while their women’s first team compete in the NRF Women’s Conference.

The club has been through many changes since becoming the Northland region’s sole participant in NRFL competitions.

Collaboration is not new to Northland, with local clubs working together to support the club’s efforts, previously as an entity known as North Force.

The current club continued the work started by North Force, becoming Northland FC, and is currently owned by Bream Bay United, Central Brown AFC, FC Whangarei, Kerikeri FC, Madhatters FC and Tikipunga AFC, and has Kamo as an associate partner.

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