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At Elite Development Academy (EDA) we strive towards providing personalized development sessions in both the gym and on the field, court, diamond, track, ring, course or wherever else you compete. 

Most athletes in New Zealand lack the necessary training in order to reach the next level to succeed. With the majority of training happening in large groups or team settings, which limits the opportunity for individual athletes to grow.

Our Goal is to provide the tools, knowledge and plans for our athletes to reach the next level, whatever that may be. Our focus is set on aiding our athletes in any way they need as well as improving weaknesses and improving functional movement patterns.

We are open to working with all ability level of athletes as long as they have a clear ambition or goal, no matter how big or small it might be. We also work with all ages of athletes from junior (6-12 y/o), to youth (12-18 y/o), to adults (18+ y/o). We have availabilities 7 days a week, working out of the Ricoh Sports Centre in Lower Hutt.



An EDA coach fine-tuning a football athletes medicine ball throw technique
An EDA coach ensuring a football athlete is activating the right muscles on a cable machine

Meet The Team


Kieran McMinn

Director & Coach

Kieran has thousands of hours of private coaching under his belt, dating back to 2015, working with various clubs, schools and private organizations. He has experience working with all ages and ability levels from beginners to elite athletes across various sports. He is a frequent player in top level football in New Zealand, having significant experience in the NRFL, Central League and National League, as well as having played overseas in America.


Kieran holds a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science and a Minor in Sports Management from Concordia University - Portland. He is also currently completing his thesis for his Master of Philosophy through AUT in association with Paris Saint Germain F.C., researching and working with elite level footballers. He also holds multiple coaching credentials including his Junior Level 3 License (JL3) through New Zealand Football. 


He currently works with the Wellington Phoenix Academy as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Areas of Expertise:


Track & Field



Ethan Johnston


Ethan has developed a large experience base over the years, having worked with clubs and schools at a variety of ages and ability levels. He has worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the Wellington Phoenix Academy, as well as numerous placements and coaching opportunities over the last five years. He has an active passion in strength and conditioning, and loves sharing his knowledge and expertise in exercise prescription, athletic development, and functional training. He has a keen interest in helping athletes become better versions of themselves, and utilizes methods of training that are specific for that individual.


Ethan has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Sport and Exercise Science, and a minor in Sport Development and Management. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning, and Is currently completing a Masters in Strength and Conditioning through AUT. On top of this, Ethan has a Sport and Exercise Science NZ Certification.


He currently works as the head sports scientist of Miramar Rangers.

Areas of Expertise:


Track & Field

Ultimate Frisbee


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Brynn has traveled all over the country playing football at the top level. He has a vast experience for someone so young playing in the Northern, Central, and Southern Leagues.

Brynn brings valuable knowledge and experience from a large variety of players and coaches he's worked with in the past. He is an aspiring professional footballer who has spent countless hours learning and expanding his understanding on the different aspects involved to take his game to the next level.

Because of both his practical and personal experience Brynn is a great coach for anyone looking to push themselves further in football. He knows first hand what it takes and is willing to help anyone get there.

Brynn is also extremely passionate about self improvement and is ready to share his knowledge with young motivated players.

Areas of Expertise:




An EDA coach running a football athlete through a drill in a private 1 on 1 session
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Private Session 1 on 1

A personalized 1-hour session that is uniquely customized to suit the individual based on their strengths, weaknesses and work-ons.

An EDA coach running a technique drill with two football athletes during a group session
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Group Session 2-4 on 1

1-hour group sessions for athletes around the same ability level to provide the opportunity and challenge to work with and against eachother.


Elite Development Academy have partnered with Dynamic Sport New Zealand. They will be our exclusive equipment supplier and through their association with uhlsport, will also be our exclusive teamwear supplier. 

"At Elite Development Academy, we felt it was important to partner with a New Zealand business for all our equipment. Over the past 2-years COVID-19 has hit our local businesses hard and we wanted to do our part to support them. Nigel and his team also have a fantastic range of products and have been easy to work with." Kieran McMinn: Elite Development Academy Director

Elite Development Academy operates out of multiple venues around Hutt Valley and the wider Wellington region, however, our home and hub is at Fraser Park at the Ricoh Sports Centre

"The Ricoh Sports Centre is a wonderful sports facility that has everything and more that we would want for our athletes at Elite Development Academy. The fields and courts are extremely high quality and the facility itself is amazing with perks like the café and sauna making it the perfect place to call home for us." 

Kieran McMinn: Elite Development Academy Director

An EDA coach leading a football athlete through a dribbling technique drill


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