Talent Development Programme – u-13 and u-15
Waikanae AFC is pleased to announce we will be running a Talent Development Programme (TDP) in 2021. The programme will be led by Technical Director Magno Vieira joined by Head Coaches Adam Price and Bernardo Neil. Tobi Cerhak will be the goalkeeping coach. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or Kotahitanga Waikanae TDP
page. Enquiries can be sent to the Junior Convenor
All TDP trials will be held at Jim Cooke Park, Nimmo Ave. West, Waikanae. Dates to note are:
21 January (Thursday) – 13th grade 5pm to 6pm, 15th grade 6pm to 7pm
26 January (Tuesday) – 13th grade 5pm to 6pm, 15th grade 6pm to 7pm
28 January (Thursday) – 13th grade 5pm to 6pm, 15th grade 6pm to 7pm
2 February (Tuesday) – 13th grade 5pm to 6pm, 15th grade 6pm to 7pm
Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and communication from the organisers for the latest updates. The teams will be announced on 3 February and an induction day will be held on Monday 8 February.
Premier teams are for our more skilled and competitive players. Accordingly, the club hold trials and players are selected on ability. We encourage as many players as possible to trial to ensure we can field the strongest teams possible in these grades.
Players are chosen based on skill, attitude and coachability. Having previously played in a Premier team does not guarantee a place in the 2021 Premier teams. Please note that there are teams available for players who do not want to commit to this level of football. They will play locally and do not need to trial.
Junior Premier Teams compete in a Wellington competition instead of the local Kapiti competition. While there will be home games, it does involve more travel than your child playing in a local competition. There are always parents happy to transport an extra player or two, so if transport may be a problem for you, please don’t necessarily rule your child out of trialling, we are bound to be able to figure something out.
To be eligible for selection players must attend at least one trial, but it is preferable for players to attend BOTH trials to give coaches the best opportunity to assess their ability.
We will have Premier teams in the following age grades, note trials will be held at Waikanae Park:
10th grade – to be coached by Mike Barke. Trials Tues 9 Feb 5:00pm and Sunday 14 Feb 10:00am
11th grade – to be coached by Dino Kokkinidis. Trials Tues 9 Feb 5:00pm and Sunday 14 Feb 10:00am
12th grade – to be coached by Chris Story. Trials Tues 9 Feb 5:00pm and Sunday 14 Feb 10:00am
13th grade – to be coached by Bryan Medcalf. Trials Monday 8 Feb 4:00pm and Sunday 14 Feb 3:00pm
14th/15th grade – Waikanae AFC are combining both Premier Team trials and TDP trials for U14/U15 grade players.
Therefore if you trial for the TDP and are unsuccessful, you will be assessed for the Premier Team (Only those who are registering with Waikanae AFC this season)
If you DO NOT wish to trial for the TDP, only for the Premier Team, please let the convenor know. We will make a note of the names so that the players will only be assessed for the Premier Team.
Please be sure to wear your shin pads and boots. If you are a keen keeper and have your own Goalkeeper gloves, please do bring them along too.
Remember to bring your water bottles and any inhalers or medical equipment you may need.
If your child is trialing for a premier team they MUST trial within their age range, which is the year they were born. The years and grades are:
10th grade premier team – a child can trial if born in 2011
11th grade premier team – a child can trial if born in 2010
12th grade premier team – a child can trial if born in 2009
13th grade premier team – a child can trial if born in 2008
14th/15th grade premier team – a child can trial if born in 2006/2007
Important: Under Capital Football rules, girls can also play a year down. For example a girl born in 2010 can trial for the 11th or 10th grade team.
Please note: If your child intends to trial for a Premier team, do not register them until the trial results are announced.
If you have any questions about Premier teams or have any other questions about junior football at Waikanae, please get in touch with the Junior Convenor
For information on your team find the appropriate grade then select the team link below it to go to the team page.
Fun Football (7th and 8th Grade)
9th & 10th Grade
Red – Coach: tbc.
Black – Coach: tbc.
White – Coach: tbc.
11th & 12th Grade
tbc – Coach: tbc.
12th & 13th Grade
tbc – Coach: tbc