Wellington Tornadoes is a football (soccer) programme. Once a year we pick a team, train them up, and head overseas to tour the USA.
Based in Wellington, New Zealand, we offer elite youth players from New Zealand the opportunity to travel to America and play against America’s best.
The programme is not affilliated to a club or school and players from around the region are welcome to trial and participate. Each year Wellington Tornadoes runs just one tour, each time for a different group of elite young players.
Wellington Tornadoes is a not-for-profit programme run by volunteer staff. The players pay only the actual cost of participation.
Wellington Tornadoes began in 2008 and the upcoming 2013 boys’ U14 tour will be the programme's sixth.
The goal of the Wellington Tornadoes is to give young players a high performance training environment, an insight into travelling and playing international football, a greater understanding of the American Collegiate athletics system and the standard of players in America, all within the context of a fantastic life experience offering amazing personal development and learning opportunities.
We're all about a combination of top flight football (soccer) and personal development.
Want to be a Tornado? There is only one Tornadoes tour a year. The next tour for boys born after 1 August 1998 will leave Wellington in July 2013.
You can keep up to date with what we're doing by following us on Facebook and Twitter and by signing up to our news emails. You can also follow our blog posts on this site, and check out previous tours.
Guy Smith - The Boss
Guy started Tornadoes in 2008 after helping Ole Football Academy run a successful U19 tour to California.
Guy is 32. He still pretends to be a player, and runs around a bit in Wellington's social leagues. He has been coaching youth soccer since the late 90s, including several stints working in New Zealand Football's Federation Talent Centre programme. He also spent time in Australia and England, and coached while he lived there. He is on the Board of Capital Football. To pay the rent, Guy is Legal Counsel at Trade Me.
Guy is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington (Bachelor of Laws (2002), Bachelor of Commerce (Management) (2001)) and holds a New Zealand Football National Academy licence, and a Football Federation Australia Senior Licence.
Dale Warburton - Goalkeeper Coach
Dale joined Tornadoes in 2011. Dale is a New Zealand Football Federation Talent Centre goalkeeping coach, but his main claim to football fame is having his hand broken by World Cup All White Andy Barron in the Central League while playing for Wellington United. Dale holds coaching qualifications from New Zealand Football and the Oceania Football Confederation.
Dale is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington (Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) (2006), Master of Science with First Class Honours (2008)) and is currently waiting for New Zealand Football to get its act together and offer some goalkeeper coaching qualifications.
John O'Driscoll - Physiotherapist
John is a graduate of Otago University (Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2010)) and is currently completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine, also at Otago University.
Patrick Fleming - Coach
Pat joined Tornadoes in 2012. He currently wears #9 and plays up front for Team Wellington in the ASB Premiership, or he did prior to breaking his leg. He's on the road to recovery at the moment.
Pat hails from Dunedin and is a Caversham boy to the core, but is a graduate of St Francis University in Pennsylvania. Pat currently juggles working for the Environmental Protection Authority around his playing commitments with Team Wellington and Miramar Rangers, and his full time work on Twitter.
Valerio Raccuglia - Coach
Valerio joined the Tornadoes in 2012. Valerio and his family have only been in Wellington for a short time but he has already become prominent in coaching in the region. He is a coach in New Zealand Football's talent centre programme, head coach of Miramar Rangers' Central League team, and is head of football at Scot's College.
Valerio is Italian, but most recently worked in coaching in Denmark with Kolding FC. Valerio has a UEFA B Licence from Denmark and is currently undertaking his AFC A Licence in Australia.
Paul Steele - Physiotherapist
Steelo joined Tornadoes in 2011. He is a Wellington lad born and bred and as a young player came through the Capital Football talent programme. He was also a National Academy player. He played his Wellington club football for Western Suburbs and his Otago club football with Roslyn-Waikari, which puts him and Pat squarely on opposite sides of the city.
Paul is a graduate of Otago University (Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2011)) and works for Gavin Cross Physiotherapy in Wellington.
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