The Team

Meet the team

Meet the team who are out amongst our football communities getting people involved in the Fit4Football programme. If you’d like some support for your club or team, please feel free to contact the team member in your region.

Megan Crockett

National Injury Prevention Manager
New Zealand
Contact: megan.crockett@nzfootball.co.nz

Meg hails from a netball court rather than a football field, and has a Bachelor of Sport & Recreation majoring in Sport & Exercise Science. She is highly experienced in athlete and player development, sports performance and exercise physiology. Meg has gained a lot of experience throughout her career, including Netball NZ where she managed the NetballSmart programme before stepping up as the National Talent Development Manager and an interim role as ‘acting’ Head of High Performance. Now, she leads our Injury Prevention Team at NZ Football.

In Meg’s own words ‘I am super excited to see Fit4Football take shape and hit the fields in our football communities. It’s a comprehensive, community based performance enhancement and injury prevention programme.”

With a love for all sport, Meg continues to play both touch rugby and netball as well as coaching and supporting her two girls 6 & 5 as they embark on their sporting journey’s. When it comes to supporting she’s a big follower of The Warriors, Silver Ferns, All Blacks, Football Ferns and All Whites, but most of all, her girls Rippa Rugby team!

David Mulligan

Injury Prevention Specialist
Northern
Contact: david.mulligan@nzfootball.co.nzz

David started playing football at a young age. At 16 he travelled over to the UK to start his dream as a professional footballer. While over there he played for Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United, making his senior debut at 19 for Barnsley. Back in NZ he played for the Wellington Phoenix, Auckland City and Waitakere UTD. He’s also represented New Zealand at age group level, and played 32 times for the All Whites including 2 Confederations Cups and 1 World Cup.

Now he coaches East Coast Bays men's 1st team in the premier men's league.

In David’s own words “I’m loving being involved with Fit4Football, assisting players get the best out of themselves, play for longer, and reducing the risk of injuries.”
For David, there is only one team out there, Liverpool FC.

David Rayner

Injury Prevention Specialist
Auckland
Contact: david.rayner@nzfootball.co.nz

David’s career began within football playing for New Zealand at age group level and representing the All Whites, alongside a professional playing career, both in the UK and here in NZ. Unfortunately his career was cut short by a debilitating injury. Devastated by this, he embarked on a career in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Since then David has had a number of senior roles in the sector which including senior management positions, personal training, human movement, rehabilitation and biomechanical analysis.

In David’s own words, “I love the fact I can now assist players and coaches in NZ to become more educated, have less injuries, and to become better at what they do for longer.

Alongside this, David assists at Sacred Heart College with their football, spends a lot of time with his wife and 3 kids, and supports the mighty magpies – Newcastle United.

Louise Trappitt

Injury Prevention Specialist
WaiBOP
Contact louise.trappitt@nzfootball.co.nz

Louise is a graduate of the University of Otago gaining a BPhEd (Exercise Prescription and Management). After a short stint of working as a personal trainer and coach, Louise made the NZ elite rowing team going on to represent New Zealand at the London Olympic Games and multiple World Championships (2009-2014) where she has won a bronze medal in both the women’s quad (2011) and women’s pair (2014). While training as a full-time athlete Louise was also able to complete a Post Grad Diploma in Rehabilitation and begin a PG Diploma in Sports Medicine which she intends to complete this year. Louise is passionate about all sport and enjoys keeping fit with cycling, running, and beating everyone who takes her courses at prone holds.

In Louise’s own words “I love working on Fit4Football as the programme takes a holistic approach to player welfare”

Louise enjoys following her local WaiBOP teams and supports her home town team – the Wellington Phoenix.

Nick Chong

Injury Prevention Specialist
Central
Contact: nick.chong@nzfootball.co.nz

Nick is a Wellingtonian and studied at Massey University Wellington, gaining a Diploma in Exercise Science. Following that he spent a year in The United States working with the visually impaired before coming back and completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise. Nick spent the past four years with the New Zealand Defence Force, further developing his skills in human movement, performance, and rehabilitation. He enjoys his sports and keeps fit playing hockey and training in gymnastics.

In Nick’s own words “Fit4Football is an awesome initiative not only helping prevent injuries but a complete holistic well-being package for players” .

Nick supports the All Whites and Real Madrid.

Sadie Verity

Injury Prevention Specialist
Capital Region
Contact: sadie.verity@nzfootball.co.nz

Sadie hails from a footballing family in England, growing up watching her father play is where her love for the game began. Since moving to New Zealand in 2004, she has become actively involved at Federation level, a National Franchise board member, working with our future talent at the National Talent Centres, chairing a Federation Disciplinary panel, managing a wide range of teams, gaining youth and junior coaching badges and now Fit4Football.

In Sadie’s own words “I feel immensely privileged to be in a position to help develop and deliver the Fit4Football identity. As a complete welfare programme for players of all ages, this is going to assist coaches, and help players to prevent injury and stay in the game they love to play”.

Sadie is a mum of 3 football mad boys and a keen Manchester United & Wellington Phoenix fan, she can be found cheering the ‘Nix on with her family, in their adopted hometown of Wellington.

Blair Minton

Injury Prevention Specialist
Christchurch
Contact: blair.minton@nzfootball.co.nz

Blair is Christchurch born and raised and has a passion for sport, in particular football. Wanting to transform this passion into a career Blair completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management at Lincoln University. This led to an Upper South area role with the Nation Sporting organisation GymSports New Zealand, where he was able to foster strong relationships across Councils, Regional Sport Trust’s and Secondary Schools in the Mainland region as well as develop a strong understanding of fundamental movement skills in relation to sport. As a keen footballer Blair has progressed through the Federation pathway as a player and is now a Level 2 and Youth Level 3 qualified coach.

In Blair’s own words “Fit4Football is a great programme to help both players and coaches within football across a number of topics, and I love bringing my experience in sports sector and football to it.”

When he’s not playing Blair is a massive Leicester City supporter.

Shane Carvell

Injury Prevention Specialist
South
Contact: shane.carvell@nzfootball.co.nz

Shane was born and bred in the south and has come into this role after being the Football South Football Development Manager where he led the roll out of NZ Football’s Whole of Football Plan. This included delivery of the FIFA 11+ injury prevention programme in the Football South region for the past few years. He has been involved in many aspects of the game from playing Premier League football at a local level to the presidency of a Dunedin football club.

Shane has previously worked in the community and social sector and has a social work, adult teaching and management background.

In Shane’s own words, “I’m loving being able to continue to work in football, give back to the football community”.

He is an avid fan of Liverpool FC.