Youthtown is proud to welcome talented footballer Cameron Howieson to our Auckland Sports Team.
Now if you think you recognise Cameron, you may have seen him play for the U17 All Whites team, in the FIFA U20 World Cup Tournament or representing New Zealand as part of the 2012 London Olympics Squad.
Cameron has been a semi-professional football player since he turned 13 and joined a residential football academy In Christchurch. At 16 he left New Zealand to pursue a professional football contract with Burnley Football Club in Lancashire (north of Manchester), England. Cameron and the Burnley FC competed in the English premier league and then moved on to play for St Mirren FC in Scottish Championship. These achievements are the pinnacle of any young kiwi footballer’s overseas career.
The dream of putting on the white jersey again has called him home to New Zealand where he now plays for Auckland City FC in the National League as he works his way back into the All Whites squad.
In the meantime, Youthtown is lucky to have such an influential role model on board to share not only what he has learnt from his own coaches and trainers, but his once-in-a lifetime national and international playing experiences, with our young people on the Youthtown Sports Programme.
Cam’s approach is aligned with our youth development principals that incorporate our values of Mastery, Belonging, Independence and Generosity into everything we do.
We asked him how he’d coach a young person wanting to score all the goals individually and not pass the ball to other team mates. He explained the importance of engaging with the individual, encouraging them to extend their game by presenting them with a challenge, for example to involve other team mates towards achieving a specific goal such as using a one-touch pass.
He is looking forward to being part of Youthtown and, alongside his colleagues, these are the three key things Cam hopes to bring to the delivery of our high quality programmes :
• Having fun
• Motivating young people to be the best they can be
• Enabling friendships to develop through participation on our coaching clinics and camps
Welcome to the team Cam!