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

East Coast Bays AFC is proud to be a part of a select group of clubs with a 2022 NZ Football Accredited Talent Development Programme. 

Players within our Talent Development Programme (TDP) train three nights a week with our highly qualified OFC/NZF licenced 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 on two artificial turfs at Ashley Reserve (Long Bay) 
  • Provide a holistic football education from 13 - 17 years of age with a focus on developing character, lifestyle, problem-solving and teamwork
  • 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.
  • Regular individual goal setting and mentoring sessions
  • Educational workshops and educational material in injury prevention, nutrition and pathways

>> To get a taste of what it's like, check out some of the action below and in our TDP Gallery

Our NZF accreditation allows us to compete at the highest level

Our TDP teams compete in the NRFL Youth and NRF Championship Leagues which are the highest level of competition provided by NRF. The NRFL Youth League is the league created for TDP accredited clubs to enter. Any TDP accredited club gains automatic entry to the NRFL Youth League for grades U13 to U17 and the league is regionally based (Northland/Auckland/Waikato/Bay of Plenty). The NRF Championship League sits underneath the NRFL Youth League and the league is locally based (Northland/Auckland).

Our programmes cater for the following age grades:

  • 13th Grade NRFL Youth League Mixed & NRF Championship League Mixed
  • 14th Grade NRFL Youth League Mixed & NRF Championship 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 OFC/NZF licensed coaches
  • Game days occur on Sundays throughout 2022

2022 Term 3 Times & Venues

Our Term 3 programme official starts on July 25th, 2022. We run 3 trainings sessions per week and a number of pre-season games against other Auckland TDP accredited clubs. For a timeline of 2022 pre-season activity and season start dates visit our Youth Teams Page


  • 13th & 14th Grade - 4.30pm - 6.00pm (Ashley Reserve)
  • 15th, 17th & Future Bays - 6.00pm - 7.30pm (Ashley Reserve)


  • 13th Grade - 4.00pm - 5.15pm (Ashley Reserve)
  • 14th, 15th, 17th & Future Bays - 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Ashley Reserve)
  • TDP Goalkeeper training - 5.30pm - 6.30pm (Ashley Reserve)


  • 13th & 14th Grade - 4.30pm - 6.00pm (Ashley Reserve)
  • 15th, 17th & Future Bays - 6.00pm - 7.30pm (Ashley Reserve)

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 OFC/NZF licenced 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 takes place in Term 4, with players having been assessed over a ten-week period. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in late 2021, the 2022 TDPs do not have a “trial process”. Please enquire through our website and come to training to see if the programme is right for your child (for Term 1).



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

We aim to keep our high quality training as affordable as we can to make it accessible and we have navigated the challenges of Covid-19 disruptions to cover the cost of providing a high quality programme with keeping it affordable for players. In 2021, this saw us running Term 4 TDP sessions online at no cost.

In comparison with other Talent Development Programme (TDP) and Skill Centre (SKC) accredited clubs in Auckland, our fees remain competitive.


Registrations for Term 3 are now open. If you're a member, please register through your Friendly Manager account. If you're new to our club (welcome!), please register through our website:

If you're new to the club and you're interested in our TDP, please register your interest to play here:

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