Wellington Phoenix Academy

The Wellington Phoenix Football Club is New Zealand-s only professional football club and competes in the Hyundai A-League.

The Club is an important and integral part of New Zealand-s sporting landscape, enjoying passionate support from all over New Zealand and the world.

The Wellington Phoenix Football Club is committed to the development of talented young footballers. The Wellington Phoenix  Academy offers a programme that brings education and football together in an inspirational and creative environment. The Academy’s training base is at Scots College in Strathmore, Wellington, New Zealand.

The programme focuses on providing a tailored programme and environment for each member to maximise their football and academic potential. The well-being of the footballer is prioritised to ensure on-going success, with future pathway options at the forefront of each individualised programme.

The Wellington Phoenix Academy accepts New Zealand and International footballers with membership of the Academy revised yearly in line with sport and academic performance targets. There are weekly, full-time and full-time residential programmes available to enable each participant maximal opportunity to reach their goals.

At A Glance

o The Wellington Phoenix Academy is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

o Students are accepted only after a trial. Trials are held throughout the year during the Phoenix Way Experiences, both in Wellington and around New Zealand and will be publicised on the Wellington Phoenix website.

o All applications for both the Academy and the Phoenix Way Experience must be through the appropriate channels. 

o Scots College is the primary partner and one of the  training venues for the Academy, but attendance at Scots is not a prerequisite for the programme. Other schooling options are available and the Academy will work with students individually to build the best education option.

For more information or enquiries, please email us at academy@prod.wellingtonphoenix.aleagues.com.au.

Recent Academy and Football School of Excellence Graduates to the Hyundai A-League squad include.

  • Tyler Boyd (FSE 2012) 2012-2015
  • Thomas Doyle (FSE 2012) 2014 – 
  • Louis Fenton (FSE 2012) 2012 – 
  • Justin Gulley (FSE 2012-15) 2015 – 
  • James McGarry (Academy 2013-15) 2015 – 
  • Logan Rogerson (FSE 2015) 2015 – 
  • Oliver Sail (FSE 2014-15) 2015 – 
  • Joel Stevens (FSE 2013-15) 2015-16


Youth Development & Academy Staff

Head of Youth Development & Head Coach, Wellington Phoenix Premiers: Andy Hedge

Assistant Coach, Wellington Phoenix Premiers: Valerio Raccuglia

Head of Academy & Academy Head Coach: Paul Temple

Academy S&C Coach: Weijie Lim

Manager, Student Care: Renee Clearwater

Administration Manager: Phil McMahon