Player Development Programmes

The East Coast Bays player development programmes are considered by many as some of the best in New Zealand. We were one of the first clubs in New Zealand to be awarded the highest possible accreditation from NZ Football for our Player Development Centre (PDC) and Talent Development Programmes (TDP) working with players from 8-17 years old. 

Junior Skill Hubs - Junior 9-12th Grades

The Junior Skills Hub is available to all boys and girls aged between 8 and 12. The program is designed to provide clear training guidelines based on international best practice for a junior footballer who is showing potential to play at a high level, as well as those who just love playing football with their friends.  It is also designed to increase and retain the number of junior footballers in the game through the delivery of a high-quality football experience. 

Regardless of motivation or ability levels, players should enjoy a high-quality experience at all stages of their football development.  This framework aims to meet the needs of all young players while ensuring they can move across the spectrum of community recreational football right through to the top levels of football. 

More information about our Junior Skill Hubs, term dates, times and how to register can be found here

Youth Skill Hubs - 13 to 17th Grades    

In 2023 we started the East Coast Bays Youth Skill Hub, designed to deliver high quality, fun group training with licensed coaches to youth players who aren’t part of the East Coast Bays Talent Development Program. It’s also a great way for new youth players to get introduced to football at East Coast Bays. During 2024, the Youth Skill Hub will be an additional available training session for non-TDP players outside of their own team training.

Each session will follow a similar philosophy to our Talent Development Program, focusing on developing skill and teamwork in injury prevention/movement games, positioning games, ‘outplay’ games and competitive games.

More information about our Youth Skill Hubs, term dates, times and how to register can be found here

Talent Develpment Programmes (TDP) - Youth 13-17th Grades

The East Coast Bays New Zealand Football (NZF) Talent Development Programme provides an aligned, coordinated approach to the development of high potential youth footballers, aged 13-17 years. Its main aim is to provide a challenging, structured programme for players, in an enjoyable environment that maximizes player development. 

It is highly likely that the game in the future will be quicker, more technical, and tactical, and the demands on our younger players will be elevated. Through a planned, consistent approach to training, based around principles of long-term Player Development, East Coast Bays AFC NZF Talent Development Programme provide a platform for players wishing to reach their potential.

More information about our TDPs, term dates, times and how to be involved can be found here

Coaching Staff

We pride ourselves on the quality and experience of our coaching team. Our coaches are key to the success of our development programmes. More information about our coaching team and additional training options can be found here

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