Player Development Program G9+

Player Development Program G9+

From grade 9 up (for the 2022 Season, that’s those born in 2013 and earlier), Taupō players have the opportunity to take part in Player Development Programs.

Dates & Fee

Sessions will be held on Monday nights starting Monday 23rd May for 9 weeks.

May 23rd + 30th, 13,20,27 June, 4 and 25 July, 1 & 8 August (No Sessions Queen’s Birthday or School Holidays).

There is a fee of $50 for 2022.

Player Development Programs

This year the Development Sessions are planned to be facilitated by players from our Senior Teams, coaching to set programmes that will be endorsed by Taupo AFC and WaiBOP. Parent coaches will also be in attendance to support.

The purpose of this Program is to develop the technical ability and game awareness of players in a fun, learning environment. The programme is available to any player Grade 9 and up, and we ask parents and caregivers to ensure players turn up on time, with an attitude to learn and try hard.

While the focus in the Player Development Programs remains to have fun, it is a step up from the Saturday football competition, with more technical coaching. It does require a coachable attitude – the ability to focus and take direction and instruction from a coach.

To enhance the quality of the sessions, we would ask that players are reminded at drop-off to listen carefully, try their best, and really focus on their skill development.  Practicing the skills taught throughout the week is also very beneficial!  The more the players put into it, the more the players will get out of it.

Players who attend these practices and show good commitment and attitude may get selected to represent the club in the McCartney tournament which takes place in October. McCartney team selection will be made after the Player Development sessions are finished.

Whilst we love your support and encouragement from the sidelines, please try to refrain from ‘coaching’ your children from the sideline.  Please leave the coaching to the coaches – that way the players won’t be getting mixed messages and second-guessing themselves on the pitch.

Many thanks to our Player Development Parent Coaches, who also coach Saturday teams.  Their time and effort is hugely appreciated.

Late entry to the Player Development Squad will be at the discretion of each coach.

We also note that ‘player development’ does not necessarily mean each player gets to play in their favoured position.  In fact, NZ Football recommends for proper development of junior players, they should get used to a range of positions.


Girls Development

Female players Grades 9 and up can choose to train in a Monday girls-only session; or they can chose to train in the mixed teams (above).


Inter-club Friendlies

It is our intention to organise several club friendlies during this time (Covid willing).

Different team compositions may be chosen for various interclub games to give experience to a greater number of players. (Our preference will always be to form multiple teams and take all eligible players in the grade IF the other club can also form multiple teams)

  • Game time is not a ‘right’, and is not promised.  Please try to minimise disappointment of your children missing out on any particular game.
  • ‘Winning’ is not our primary goal – skill development and having players enjoy their football are our prime drivers.
  • Players may feel they are played ‘out of position’, however this is necessary for proper player development.


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