Talent Development Programmes (TDPs) - Youth 13-17th Grades

East Coast Bays AFC  is apart of a select group of clubs that possess an NZF Accredited Talent Development Programme. 

Players within our Talent Development Programme (TDP) train three nights a week with our highly qualified coaching team who deliver our own player-centred curriculum. 

The aims of our TDP are to develop the whole person:

  • Supportive, safe and enjoyable environment to learn and play football. Based at Ashley Reserve, Long Bay on two artificial turfs
  • Providing a holistic football education from 13-17 years old - a focus on developing character, lifestyle, problem solving and teamwork through football
  • Attacking football philosophy that is adapted to develop appropriate skills in each age group, balancing skill development with enjoyment and challenge
  • Specialist focus on learning to outplay defenders and excel in 1v1 situations

Ages Available

Our TDP teams compete in the highest level of competition provided by NFF. Our programmes cater for the following age grades:

  • 13th Grade NRFL Youth League Mixed
  • 14th Grade NRFL Youth League Mixed
  • 15th Grade NRFL Youth League Boys
  • 17th Grade NRFL Youth League Boys

2022 TDP Training + Schedule

  • 40-week schedule aligned with school terms, breaks in school holidays.
  • 3 x training sessions per week with licensed coaches
  • Game days occur on Sundays throughout 2022

2022 Term 1 Times & Venues

Restart week - Jan 24th, 2022 (Monday and Wednesday only)
Programme official start - Jan 31st, 2022

Mondays (starting from Monday 24th Jan)

  • 13th & 14th Grade - 4.00pm - 5.15pm (Bay City Park 3)
  • 17th & U23s - 5.30pm - 7.00pm (Bay City Park 1)
  • 15th Grade - 5.30pm - 7.00pm (Bay City Park 2)

Wednesdays (starting from Wednesday 26th Jan)

  • 13th & 14th Grade - 4.00pm - 5.15pm (Bay City Park 3)
  • 15th & 17th Grade - 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Bay City Park 2)

Thursdays (starting from Thursday 3rd Feb)

  • 13th & 14th Grade - 4.00pm - 5.15pm (Ashley Reserve 1)
  • 15th & 17th Grade - 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Ashley Reserve 1)

Programme Extras

  • Optional 'street football' session each week (Tuesday or Friday depending on age) to increase 'play' time.
  • Specialist goalkeeping sessions
  • Regular video analysis and feedback from matches
  • Regular individual goal setting and mentoring
  • Educational workshops and educational material in injury prevention, nutrition, and pathways

Coaching Team

We pride ourselves on having one of the best coaching teams in New Zealand with highly qualified coaches who are well connected with players of all ages at the club.

More information on our coaching team and additional coaching options can be found here.

Selection Process

Selection for our TDP teams normally take place in term 4 and players are assessed over a ten-week period. Given the covid-19 restrictions during 2021 term 4, the 2022 TDPs don't have a “trial process” - enquire through our website and come to training. You can see if our program is right for you in term 1.


The fees for the 2022 TDP programme are $350 per term.

We have continued to do all we can to keep fees as low as possible and we have worked hard to balance the cost of providing a quality programme with keeping it affordable for players and covering costs as a club. This included running the online and term 4 TDP sessions that we were able to deliver once restrictions allowed at no cost.

Compared to other Talent Development Programme (TDP) and Skill Centre (SKC) accredited clubs in Auckland, our fees continue to be very competitive.


Registrations for Term 1 are now open.
If you're a member please register through your Friendly Manager account. If not, you can register through our website: https://ecbafc.nz/register

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