The OLÉ @ Eastern Suburbs Academy


001.JPG“The launch of the OLÉ @ Eastern Suburbs Football Academy is a crucial platform in ensuring we fulfil our club’s aggressive ambition of offering the strongest player development pathway in this  country.” 


Chris Ruffell (ESAFC Chairman)

008.JPG“I believe that OLÉ is without doubt the best Football Academy in this country. I was excited at the prospect of harnessing this resource in the OLÉ @ Eastern Suburbs Academy, not only for Suburbs members, but all players who have the aptitude, hunger and skill to fulfil their footballing dreams”. “...the combined force of Eastern Suburbs and OLÉ was an easy ‘marriage’ – both organisations have the ‘development of kiwi talent’ as part of their DNA. These are truly exciting times for Eastern Suburbs and kiwi’s terrific to be part of that opportunity”

Danny Hay (ISPS Handa Premiership Head Coach &
High Performance Pathway Director).


OLÉ @ Eastern Suburbs Academy Objectives

“The focus is on developing our emerging talent... ensuring they reach their potential and achieve at the highest level”.

Danny Hay

“It is the academy’s job to help each player maximise his or her potential on and off the pitch as well as provide continued opportunities for each player through an extended football pathway, whether it be domestic amateur football, professional football in New Zealand or abroad or through the US University system. OLÉ has now sent over 40 players on US University scholarships or to professional football environments around the world”.

Declan Edge – OLÉ Academy Technical Director

Danny Hay (ISPS Handa Premiership Head Coach & High Performance Pathway Director).

The OLÉ Football Academy Credentials 

The OLÉ Football Academy has earned its place as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent footballing Academy.

The Academy’s role in ensuring players reach their potential and fulfil their footballing ambitions is recognised in the footballing fraternity - in both this country and overseas.

OLÉ Academy - The High Achievers

008.JPGJust some of the player highlights who have progressed through the OLÉ Academy:

  • Ryan Thomas signing professional (2013) with PEC Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring 2 goals against Ajax (2014 Dutch Cup Final) and making over 100 appearances (2017) for the club.
  • Tyler Boyd (Vitoria SC, Portuguese Primera)
  • Tyler Lisette (IFK Varnamo, Swedish Superettan)
  • Harry Edge (Amatuks, South African Premier Soccer League)
  • Jesse Edge (Achilles 29, NZ U-20)


Over 30 student-athletes have been placed on football scholarships at United States universities in the past 5 years

As lead consultants, The OLÉ Technical staff were integral in helping the Pacific Island Nation of Vanuatu qualify for the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup

Numerous U17, U20 and current "All - Whites" have come through the academy's ranks in recent years


Declan Edge – OLÉ Head Coach & Technical Director

010.JPG“...from my experience of working with the OLÉ Academy players during my time as NZ U-17 Head Coach, Declan has consistently produced footballers who are technically, tactically and mentally the very best in the country”

Danny Hay


Declan’s Domestic Achievements

As a Head Coach, Declan has managed Waikato FC in the ASB Premiership, and Melville United where he led them to the 2003 Chatham Cup Final

Edge currently serves as the Technical Director at Olé Football Academy, Team Wellington Youth Head Coach (2016 - 2017) and the 1st Team Head Coach and Director of Football at Western Suburbs Football Club

Under Declan’s guidance from 2013 - 2018 the Western Suburbs 1st team has achieved more points than any other Central League club, winning the league in 2017.

Declan holds the New Zealand International Team Coaching Licence, NZF/OFC A License


Declan’s International Achievements

In 2016, Edge served as Head Coach of the Vanuatu U20 National Team taking them
through Oceania World Cup Qualifiers. Under his leadership Vanuatu achieved inaugural entry in to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, South Korea.


Developing Football Talent - Declan's Philosophy

“Our training philosophies and methodologies are built around 75+ years of practical experience playing, training and managing the beautiful game within the New Zealand landscape. Football development is a multifaceted pursuit with numerous cultural influences, societal values and undeterminable variables at play. The New Zealander is simply on a different journey than the Brazilian, Dutch or Spanish player. Therefore development of the Kiwi footballer must be approached through a specific lens. We have developed a way of training specifically for the Kiwi player from first kick to 1st team."

“The project of teaching Kiwi’s how to fly (a fundamental transformation) has only just begun."

Declan Edge


Who is the OLÉ @ Eastern Suburbs Academy open to?

Any player who has the skill coupled with their desire to maximise their footballing goals & aspirations.


This will not only include players who are currently enrolled at ESAFC, but also those who would like to transfer from other clubs.


For Information on Training & Cost...



Academy Dates:

September 17th - December 21st

January 21st - February 15th


Grades 9 - 12

Grades 13 - 14

Upper Youth (15+)