Upper Hutt City Football aims to be THE club of choice for girls’ and women’s football in the Hutt Valley, providing development opportunities for female players of all ages and stages.
We’re a large, community club with a committed senior management team striving to provide a quality football experience both on and off the field for female players. In recent years, the UHCF women’s side has seen spectacular success:
- 2017 – W League champions, Kelly Cup winners, Kate Sheppard Cup semi-finalists
- 2018 – A thriving junior girls’ development programme, a senior women’s team playing at the top local level (featuring club players breaking into senior football through to NWL and internationals) and the ONLY club with a team in every round of the inaugural Girls’ U18s competition
- 2019 – Continuation of the junior girls’ development initiatives, U18s and strategic decision to withdraw from W League to focus on development. The club’s strong commitment led the new Division 3 team to double promotion and a final in the Executive Plate, and runners-up in the Girls U18s competition. 2019 also saw the award of funding from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Benefits Program recognizing UHCF’s role in developing the women’s game by having former club members playing for the NZ Football Ferns in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
- 2020 – Double winners!! Our competitive women’s 1st team won Div 1, and in the fastest route possible earned promotion to the Premier League where they will kick off in 2021. Our new social reserve team also earned promotion from Div 3 and will kick off the 2021 season as a competitivley social division 2 reserves team (proudly sponsored by the Gunshop Upper Hutt).
In 2021, we will continue to support our junior development programmes, field two senior women’s team (one in Prems and a competitive social team in Division 2) and continue success in the girls’ U18s league. With Katie at the helm for a third year, Ryan’s coaching appointment to Womens 1st team and the amazingly talented Manu guiding our reserves women’s football is in excellent hands at UHCF. With our continued focus on female football development, Belinda will support transition from youth to senior football working closely with our U18s, has oversight of our U14s Girls Development programme, and is working hard in her role as Junior and Youth Development Officer (Girls) to create more development opportunities for our younger female players.
About our support and coaching team:
Katie Pettengell, Women’s Captain: Hailing from New Jersey, USA, Katie has played soccer since she was five years old, captaining her high school soccer team and then playing socially at Princeton University. She continued to play in Aberdeen, Scotland when her career took her there for 3 ½ years. On arrival in New Zealand in 2008, Katie played for Waikanae while living in Kapiti. She moved to the Hutt Valley a year later and played for Naenae Soccer Club for 10 seasons (only taking 2 short breaks to have children). With her two sons both playing for UHCF juniors from 2018, Katie decided to move to UHCF and welcomed the role of Women’s Captain without hesitation. Katie has been the driving force behind our women and girls with great success on and off the field.
Ryan McGlinchey is new to the women’s 1st team coaching role but with plenty of playing and coaching experience behind him. He learned his trade in Northern Ireland, playing semi-pro from the age of 16. In 2014 he moved to NZ, where he’s played for numerous clubs, from Cap2 through to Central League. He has coached numerous under 19 sides and stepped into senior coaching at Waikanae in 2019, before becoming part of the UHCF community in 2020. Ryan thrives on being able to develop players individually and puts a big emphasis on creating a great culture within a team environment. He also wants to help develop the younger players and give them opportunities to grow and be a part of the 1st team set up through trainings and match day experiences. Football is his major passion and he hopes he can pass on his enthusiasm and experience to those he trains.
The club are delighted to announce that Manu (Hirani) Kingi will coach the Women’s Reserves team for the 2021 season. Manu joined UHCF in 2000, playing on and off at all levels of competition over this period. She has been a strong and supportive presence on the field, earning the respect and admiration of her teammates and we’re thrilled that she is taking on the reserves team coaching role!
Belinda Warrington, U18s Girls Coach and Junior and Youth Development Officer (Girls): Since joining our club in 2020, Belinda has made a huge impact on the development of our younger players. Thanks to Belinda, who was the 2019 Junior Coach of the Year for Central Football, we now have an all-female group in First Kicks (age 4-6yrs), NZF delivered programmes through Fun Football (7-8rs) and have re-introduced monthly training sessions for our Girls Development Squad for U14s. Belinda also works closely with our club captains, coaches, grade managers, development officers, junior director, and talent development programmes, with a focus on female skills development for 9-12yrs, and community engagement with schools. Belinda strongly encourages you to speak with her directly on all football development matters, particularly initiatives that will improve the experience for our females.
Lorraine Bowring, Girls Development Coach U14s: The Upper Hutt City Football Girls’ Development Squad (GDS) was established in 2009 to help younger girls keen to improve their football skills in an all-female environment. The GDS grew rapidly, attracting female players from all over the Wellington region, ranging in age from 8 to 17. These female footballers thrived with a significant proportion of the girls included in New Zealand Football Regional and National Talent Centres. In 2015, Lorraine headed overseas with work commitments, and while the programme continued with the same objectives under the careful and watchful eye of Kirsty Windleburn, the format of GDS changed slightly. While overseas, Lorraine re-connected with her English FA roots, continued to coach talent and grassroots football, and renewed her FA Coaching Licence (OFC/NZF C licence Senior). In 2017, Lorraine returned to the club to coach the inaugural U18s team, and in 2020 supported the re-introduction of the development squad starting with U14s. With a switch to coaching Saturday football, Lorraine is also enjoying the challenge of coaching our Men’s Premier Team.
Steve Jones, Player and Coach Wellness Mentor: Where possible, you can guarantee that Steve is willing our teams on from the side-line. Having coached our very own Women’s Prems teams potentially before many of the current players were even born, Steve continues to offer guidance as a mentor. Where sought. Steve will happily provide feedback to support individual development needs. If you would like to work on specifics for individual development, speak with Katie for more information.
It takes a community to grow our community and everyone within it, and we’d love your help!!
We’re keen to hear from anyone who can support female development from behind the scenes. From ensuring a quality game-day experience for our players, coaches and supporters, helping promote our women’s teams through our marketing channels or being a voice for the female players on our Executive Committee, if you have new ideas, energy and a willingness to contribute to growing our girls and women’s game, please do get in touch with Katie!