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Interview: Tony Readings

Manager of the New Zealand National Women’s Team, the Football Ferns, Tony Readings has come up against some giants of the women’s world game. Taking on the likes of the USA (#1) , China (#14) and Brazil (#6), the Ferns have performed well beyond expectations. Tony and his team have created a truely unique team culture, which seems to be the key ingredient in the Ferns’ ability to consistently produce world class results.


PDP: How would you describe the culture of the Football Ferns?

TR: The Football Ferns culture is very unique and a point of difference for the team. The togetherness, trust and respect amongst the group is special and has been formed through several years of commitment, sacrifice and dedication. The genuine willingness for people to put the team first provides benefit both on and off the pitch

PDP: Who shapes this culture?

TR: The culture is largely shaped and led by the players although every person in the group (players and staff) significantly contributes. The culture is shaped through shared values and beliefs and when these are...

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