Benny Sip


The Olé Way: Total Football Documentary: WolVés

Seated above: Two members of the Olé Wolfpack, Ryan Thomas and Elijah Just, at PEC Zwolle of the Dutch Eredevisie. 

A Pocket Guide For The Olé Football Academy Staff Member 

Changing The Landscape: WolVéS Chapter 1

Before reading further watch How Wolves Change Rivers

The project is to give life to the beautiful game in New Zealand. To introduce the predator. Few in number, we have the most remarkable effect. Each moment is a step towards radically changing the landscape of football in New Zealand.
— Olé Staff Handbook 2016

In order to keep everyone howling off the same song sheet, it’s important to know that we are here to make some remarkable changes to the football landscape in New Zealand. We’ve got one real good bite at this thing, so let’s give it our best chomp. Let’s not look back and think to ourselves “we could have done more.”

For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.
— Rudyard Kipling

Instead, let’s envision a flourishing and vibrant New Zealand football landscape due to the purposeful work our pack put in over the years. And when our players are competing in the biggest leagues and New Zealand teams are performing in international competitions, we can all grin and say “we played a BIG part.” Olé. Olé Olé.

An epic 7 year adventure... I’ve been interested in wolves since I was a small boy. I never dreamed that I would be in the position that I am today. And for me this truly is a labor of love. I love going to work everyday. I love trying to figure out what these animals or doing, their stories, their interactions with the other animals in Yellowstone. It is a wonderful opportunity that challenges me in every way!
— Doug Smith (Head of Yellowstone Wolf Recovery)
You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack... it grew by one. So there... there were two of us in the wolf pack... I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, “Wait a second, could it be?” And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack.
— Alan - The Hangover
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