PLAY FOOTBALL IN SUNNY NEW ZEALAND
If you are interested in coming to New Zealand to play football, you can apply for a working holiday visa. New Zealand has working holiday arrangements with many countries - check this link to see if your country is included.
If you are applying from the UK, you must be able to meet the eligibility criteria as follows -
If you are older than 30 or have children, then you may be able to work in New Zealand through another scheme
- follow this link
There are some occupations that New Zealand has indicated as being in demand. The attached lists show the immediate and long term skills shortages. If you - or your partner - work in an occupation on these lists and you meet the qualification or employment criteria - then you could stay longer than your working holiday visa term. These occupations include common jobs such as:
Diesel Mechanics, Electricians
All types of Engineers
All Health professionals, including Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapist
Firstly, a note to clarify what games we play!
Football in New Zealand is played during both Winter (April - August approx) and Summer.
Winter football is the traditional period where the game is played in regional, district and local leagues. Regional football is played in three divisions geographically based. They are; Northern League, covering the top half of the North Island, Central League, covering the lower half of the North Island, and Southern League, which caters for the whole of the South Island. These regional leagues represent the highest level of winter play.
Napier City Rovers 1st team plays in the Central League during winter.
In addition, New Zealand’s version of the FA Cup, called the Chatham Cup, is played during the winter season.
The National competition is played during summer and comprises of an 8 team league with end of season “play-off’s”. The winners of this competition go forward to represent New Zealand in the Oceania Qualifying Tournament for the World Club Championship.
The local province of Hawke's Bay has a team in this Competition.
As a Club, we offer the opportunity for players to compete at the highest level of New Zealand football, winter and/or summer. Over the years many players from the UK have gained residential status and have gone on to play for the National side, while others have gained additional experience and returned to professional clubs back in England and Scotland.
Read full article here - p18-19
I always wanted to travel so when I found out about this league and the great set-up at Rovers it was a no brainer.
I found a new start, new club and a full time job.
I was given a chance to do what I love doing in a country that I’d only heard good things about.
Napier is a coastal city located on the east coast of the North Island. Geographically, it is on the same latitude as Southern Spain and enjoys a benign climate. Napier, together with close neighbour Hastings, combine to make the region NZ’s 6th largest population centre (approx 150,000).
The local economy is largely agricultural & horticulture based, with processing plants for meat, wood-pulp, fruit and vegetables (Heinz Wattie & McCain Foods have plants in the area) forestry, and viticulture. There is also a flourishing Port at Napier exporting local materials worldwide.
The booming local economy has resulted in a shortage of skilled people, with electricians, plumbers, fitters, mechanics and builders in short supply. In fact all skilled people are welcome.
We work in partnership with local employers/agencies to ensure prospective players have job opportunities available to them.
The pleasant climate along with its street cafes and boutique wineries gives the area a distinct Mediterranean feel and a life style far removed from the hurly burly.
For more information on Napier, immigration, and employment opportunities, check out the following web sites :-