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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) 

For the 2021 season the Club will continue to provide opportunities for players to further develop their footballing ability and will move towards meeting the training requirements stipulated by Northern Region Football for its teams to qualify to play in the highest youth grades.

The Player Development Programme (PDP) will be for players that are selected in the Red teams for Under 9 - 12 grades for both boys and girls along with selected players from the Black teams.

PDP will involve one extra training session per week that will be additional to team training sessions.

The PDP will operate in Terms 2, 3 and 4 throughout the year.

During Term 1 the Club will run a Pre-season Training Programme for selected players. The Club recognises that some players will have commitments to other sports during Terms 1 & 4 therefore the programmes during these Terms are optional and are charged separately.

During Terms 2 & 3 the Club expects players from the Red Teams to attend PDP and as such the cost of the programme during Terms 2 & 3 is incorporated in the Talent Development Fee (see below). Selected players from the Black Teams will be invited to join the programme for these Terms and will be charged accordingly if they accept the invitation.  

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


Talent Development Fee

Players in the Club’s Red Teams, the highest teams in each of the Junior and Youth grades (U9 – U17), will be charged a one-off Talent Development Fee at the commencement of each season.

The Talent Development Fee covers a number of items that either provide benefits for players in the Red teams or incur additional cost for the club. These include:

  • A paid coach for the season
  • Player Development Programme sessions offered for Terms 2 & 3 (for U9 – U12’s)
  • Additional training sessions (i.e. all Red Teams train a minimum of twice a week)
  • Access to the turf for training 
  • Club Jackets and/or Ellerslie branded shorts (subject to correct size availability)
  • Increased player levies and competition fees by Northern Region Football for some competitions


The Talent Development Fee for 2021 will be as follows:

  • Grades (U9 – U12)           - $150.00
  • Grades (U13 – U17)         - $80.00


Dates for 2021

Sessions will be held each Monday on the following dates.  Times will be advised to the different age groups.

Term 1 –        8th March -  12th April  (excluding Easter Monday, 5th April)

Term 2 –        3rd May - 5th July (excluding Queens Birthday, 7th June)

Term 3 –        26th July - 20th September

Term 4 –        1st November - 9th December


Academy Programme

Term 4 Academy is now available to book online

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 is now available to book - see flyer here

See instructions for booking at bottom of page


Goalkeeper Development Programme

This Goalkeeping Clinic is run by Nadia Olla. Nadia has represented NZ at the highest level as a goalkeeper, traveling and playing in multiple U17 and U20 World Cups! Her skills as a goalkeeper are only surpassed by her passion for coaching goalkeepers to be their best.


The two programs, Nadia’s Goalkeeping School and Goalkeeping College are separated by age groups, but also by skill level, so beginning keepers may move to the earlier time slot and advanced younger goalkeepers may be asked to move to the older grouping. Ellerslie AFC is extremely lucky to have Nadia Olla running its goalkeeping programme and we can’t' wait to see the great work she does with our players!

Under 9-12 programme - see flyer here

Under 13-19 programme - see flyer 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 for two terms.

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 2021, 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 and Academy Programme). 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.