Talent Development Programme

For select U13-17 players

“Success Breeds Success”

TCAFC launched a youth development programme late in 2018 with a group of 25 players. Since then it has grown into the leading TDP in the Bay of Plenty. In 2020 we had 70+ players working across 5 groups and more growth is expected in 2021.

We operate our top youth teams from the TDP and enter them in the most appropriate leagues available. In 2020 our teams were entered in the WaiBOP Federation Youth League (Y-League). In 2021, we plan to enter some teams in the new Northern Regional Football League Youth (NRFL Youth) competition.

In the youth phase our focus is on player development and performance over results. However we have had considerable success in recent years thanks to the hard work done by our coaching staff and the dedication of our players. We have won a number of Y-League titles. Our youth teams are also entered in tournaments. The U17 & U19 National Tournaments held in Napier and Auckland respectively are key events for us. We are very proud to be the current U17 Mens National Champions and U19 Mens National Runners-up (after winning the title in 2019).

Our TDP is a youth football development programme for selected players in the U13-17 age groups. It was established and operates based on guidance from NZ Football and is overseen by Director of Football Barry Gardiner and Head of Youth Development Maia Ririnui. It is supported by the club's most experienced and qualified coaches and is a key part of our development pathway, bridging the gap between youth and senior football at our club and beyond.

TDP groups are selected each year following an identification phase that run at the start of Term 1 and comprises of 2 sessions per week for 3 weeks. Selected players then work in the programme through Terms 1-3.

In Term 4 we operate an Open TDP for any youth players wanting to continue their development. We arrange several friendly games through this period against teams from our region and beyond.

Contact with any queries or come along to our next TDP Information Evening.

The TDP is currently operating in an identification phase that is free and open to all players.

2021 Identification Phase - 3 weeks

Mixed | U14, U15, U16 & U17

Location: Oceans Downs Reserve
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Dates: 9th Feb onwards

Mixed | U13 and Girls | U14 & U16

Location: Oceans Downs Reserve
Days: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Dates: 10th Feb onwards

We are looking to enter U14 and U17 Boys and U14 and U16 Girls teams in the NRFL Youth League in 2021 and will discuss this with the relevant groups at the conclusion of the identification phase.

More information on NRFL Youth can be found here.

How to Register

Existing TCAFC members

  1. Log onto your TCAFC account using the login box at the top of this page.
  2. Click Register Now.
  3. Choose which player(s) you're registering
  4. Select which programme (if it is missing, check that registrations are still open).
  5. Correct any missing information and follow the instructions on screen.

New members

  1. Select "Register" at the top of this page or click here.
  2. Select "Talent Programmes".
  3. Complete member details.
  4. Click "Proceed to Parents/Guardians" and follow the instructions on screen.

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