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Player Development Courses at Ellerslie AFC






The Club is pleased to offer a range of player development courses this year. 

Player Development Programme (PDP) - TERMS 1 - 3 

Following a review of the Player Development Programme (PDP), Ellerslie AFC has made changes to the programme for the 2020 season. PDP will continue to provide opportunities for players at the club to further develop their footballing ability and will move toward meeting the training requirements stipulated by Auckland Football Federation for its teams to qualify to play in the highest youth grades.

The programme will be for players that are selected in the Red teams for Under 9 - 12 grades for both boys and girls along with selected Black team players. The intention is to expand the programme further across the junior and youth grades in future seasons.

PDP will involve one extra training session per week that will be additional to team training sessions and will run for 20 weeks through Terms 1, 2 and 3.

The programme will be delivered by the club’s paid coaching staff and overseen by the club’s Director of Football (DOF), Fred de Jong and the Director of Coaching (DOC), Ryan Shiffman.

Players involved in PDP will therefore have the following programme each week:

  • Monday – individual based training  (delivered by paid coaching staff plus DOF and DOC)
  • Tuesday – team training  (delivered by team coaches plus DOF and DOC)
  • Thursday – team training  (delivered by team coaches)

 “The focal point of this programme is on a player’s individual technical ability which plays a critical part in the development of young footballers,” said de Jong. “Our club has a proud history of developing our own players for the first teams for both men and women. The promotion of our Women’s 1st team to the Premier League this season is a testament to this. We are also striving to produce players that not only represent Ellerslie AFC but aspire to play at higher levels beyond the club.”

The cost of these additional sessions through the 20 week period are included in a one-off payment of $150.00, loaded to the player’s ClubHub account on selection into a Red team. Payment of this fee is required no later than 30th April, 2020. Non-payment following this date may jeopardise the place of the player in their respective Red team.


Player Development Programme (PDP) - TERM 4

Term 4 PDP (for Invited Players ONLY) will start Monday 19th October and run on Mondays and Thursday until 3rd December.

See flyer here for more details.

See instructions for booking at bottom of the page.

Academy Programme

Term 4 Academy will run starting on the first Friday of Term 4 from 5.30-6.30pm at Michaels Avenue Reserve main turf.

See flyer here

 - Girls U6 to U13 Grades

 - Boys U6 to U13 Grades

See instructions for booking at bottom of the page


School Holiday Football Programme

October School Holiday Programme now available to book - see flyer here

See instructions for booking at bottom of page


Goalkeeper Development Programme

The clubs Goalkeeping Co-ordinator is Kris Pinnock.  Kris is responsible for developing and managing the programmes for the club’s goalkeepers.  He has been with the club for over nine years and works with a range of goalkeepers, from the very inexperienced through to the First Team and Reserve Team keepers.  Contact Kris here




Individual Development Programme (IDP)

Objective - To provide an individualised training programme for selected players at the Club to meet their development goals.

Summary - In 2018, the Club initiated a programme for female players that did not wish to play school football throughout the season due to the quality of training and matches at their school. The programme, named One Environment, supplemented the players’ existing club trainings with two sessions per week focused on improving their technical ability.

During the 2018 season, six players were involved in the One Environment programme. The programme was expanded with additional female players during the 2019 season.

Following a review of the One Environment programme, it is proposed to amend the programme by combining elements of the original programme with elements of the Club’s player welfare initiative and extending the reach of the programme to a broader group of players. It is planned to include boys into the programme and also to provide opportunities for younger players to be involved. However, the Club is mindful that expanding the programme cannot be at the expense of existing initiatives. The new, remodelled programme will be the Individual Development Programme (IDP).

Entry Criteria and Process - The IDP will be targeted at selected Red team players. Entry into the programme will be by invitation or through an application process. Players will need to articulate their football goals and also demonstrate that the programme can be undertaken within acceptable loading limits.

Staffing - The programme will be managed by Director of Coaching, Ryan Shiffman. Ryan will be assisted by other Ellerslie AFC coaches.

Cost - Final costings will be determined based on the number of weeks the programme will run but it is expected that the cost of the programme will be approximately $300 per year.

Course Booking Instructions

All participants MUST register and pay for a course to reserve a place on it. In most cases places are limited so we recommend you register and pay early.

Online registrations are preferred.

For an existing player registered with the Club in 2020, use your normal login and once logged in select Tasks/Purchases and Bookings. A list of available courses will be available to purchase. Follow the on screen information to book and pay.

Those not registered with the Club are welcome to attend some courses (eg School Holiday Courses). To register a non-player use this link . Scroll to the bottom of the first screen, select "Register For An Ellerslie AFC Course (Non Members Only)" and complete the details on the following screens. A list of available courses will be presented for purchase. Make sure to follow the on screen instructions to book and pay to reserve a place.