NRFL

Bindon relishing Takapuna challenge

Northern coach Jenny Bindon. 2014 ASB Women's League, Northern Football v Central Football, QBE Stadium Albany, Sunday 26th October 2014. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Northern coach Jenny Bindon. 2014 ASB Women’s League, Northern Football v Central Football, QBE Stadium Albany, Sunday 26th October 2014. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Having stood out so often during her lengthy career as an international goalkeeper, Jenny Bindon is now continuing in the same vein as a coach. The former Football Fern is the only female coach in the any of the men’s Lotto NRFL divisions and, with Takapuna AFC currently topping Division Two, her partnership with Joe Daw appears to be paying off.

Bindon is working in tandem with Daw as the pair look to make a swift return to Division One and is relishing the prospect.

“I thought it would be a really cool challenge to work with the men when the opportunity came up,” she says.

“I just want to be around football, I’m not too concerned about gender. And how exciting is it to take a team that was relegated and try to get them back up to first division football.”

Bindon, who has 77 international caps to her name, brings plenty of coaching and playing experience to the role. Making her full Football Ferns debut in 2004, she has represented the women’s national team at two FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games, including the London 2012 tournament where the Ferns reached the quarter-finals.

On a coaching front, Bindon took her first steps down that path in 2006, around the time that John Herdman took charge of the Football Ferns. Since then, she has been working her way through New Zealand Football’s coaching pathway.

“I started doing my Level One and Two with New Zealand Football and I was doing coach education with them all the way through my playing career,” Bindon says.

“I coached Northern Football in the National Women’s League under Nathan Janes and then under Gordon Forrest before being the head coach in 2014.”

Currently working towards her Level Three, which has a requirement to coach a team, the opportunity to be involved at Takapuna really excited the former international.

“Most women’s teams already had coaches, there were opportunities to be an assistant but I wanted more of a lead role,” she says.

After retiring from international football in 2014, Bindon is now also having a hand in coaching the next crop of Football Ferns. It is a role that requires holding the Level Three coaching licence, something Bindon hopes to achieve this year.

“I’m currently working with Gareth Turnbull with the New Zealand U-17s as a goalkeeper coach and one of the requirements with the national body is having your Level Three,” she says.

“So I guess it’s about obtaining that qualification, which is really important to me. That was the driving force but now my competitive nature is taking over and it’s about getting Takapuna back into Division One,” she adds.

“So, for me, a win-win would be getting back into Division One and also completing my course this year so I have my Level Three.”